While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 25 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day eight with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God according to His purpose and for His purpose.
Called For God’s Purpose
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.“
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Does what you do each day have a purpose? What is it? Does knowing the answer to that help to motivate you to do what only you can do? Why? What if you don’t know the purpose? Does not knowing mean there isn’t a purpose? Explain. What are some of God’s purposes for His children that He has revealed in His Word? Will pursuing those purposes give you greater belief in the purpose He has for you? Why? How will living as one called according to God’s purpose change the way you view tasks and circumstances that you don’t understand?
Often just knowing there is purpose to our work makes it more enjoyable, even if we don’t fully understand the purpose. The Bible gives us many purposes for the believer’s life which generally revolve around making Christ known and glorifying our Father. When we live with a pursuit of the holy purposes of God, we learn to trust that he can use our ordinary tasks of life to accomplish His extraordinary purpose. As God calls you for His purpose, trust Him to do good works through you and to work all of your circumstances together for good.
As you pray, ask God to increase your faith so that you would have a greater trust in the goodness of His purposes. Pray that you would respond in a positive way to God’s desire that your life fulfill the purposes He has revealed in scripture. Pray that God would open your eyes to see how He has worked, and continues to work, in the details of your life in order to accomplish His good purpose. Pray that you would be patient in waiting for God’s purpose to be completed in His time.