Let’s begin with the age-old question…What is the meaning of my life?
Everyone has been formed, known by God, now what am I set apart to do…what is my assignment? What does God have planned for me?
1st Step – Start a relationship with God through putting your trust in Jesus Christ
Next Steps – Do what God’s Word says clearly to do – Read Bible, Pray, Attend & serve in church, love others, witness
Next step – ASK, James 1:5 – “if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God”
Next – discover your spiritual gifts. This is part of the process of our GPS training. We discover our spiritual gifts and we put those into practice. Those with teaching will lead devotions. Those with service gifts will lead our hospitality team. Those with exhortation gifts will lead the encouragement team. See how that works. God will match your passions, gifting, and his calling on your life together.
Why would I want to do this?
Christopher Wright says “God’s perspective is always bigger than the immediate moment”. WOW! Need this reminder daily of the Sovereignty of God…He Knows!
Jeremiah was just a young man when God said these words to him. Little did he know what was in store for him. That’s what makes a movie good, an amusement park ride fun, and a book a page-turner…it’s the excitement of seeing what is up next. Don’t you want to buckle up and see what God has in store for you?
What is stopping you?
Pride? Fear? Doubt? What is stopping you are your excuses. And what happens when God begins to take away your excuses, and all you have left is obedience. That’s when you begin find out what you should do with your life.
Take a look at James 4:14. What a profound question in the heart of that verse…”What is Your Life?”. James decides to answer the question with a reference to the brevity of life. But the question got me thinking. At the end of my life as my life flashes before my eyes, how will I answer that question? Even in my 30’s, reviewing the slide show of my life in my mind brings numerous emotions to the surface such as joy, excitement, wonder, curiosity, fear, grief, triumph, sadness, bewilderment (junior high days), pride, thankfulness…you get the idea.
But as I keep going back to that daunting question, “What is Your Life?”, it is not easy finding a defining moment or answer for that question. That is, until you take a deeper, more spiritual look at your life. What determines a successful life is not necessarily the moments you had on earth, but what was done for eternity. The little girl I sat with on the steps of a Backyard Bible Club and led to the Savior, the moments of reading God’s Word to my kids, or the acts for others that were purely motivated to simply share the love of Jesus…these are the moments that determine my life.
I encourage you to take a look at this video, and through the tears that will probably form in your eyes, think about your life in rewind. When your eyes close in this life, will they open to an eternity in paradise? The only way to know for sure is to ask God to forgive your sins, and put your eternal destiny in God’s hands, and trust Him with your life. For more information go here, or watch this video, listen to my sermon from yesterday, or comment below.