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Day 32 of Lent: Purpose

Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2019

entrepreneur-593358_1920Have you ever heard someone express how they are struggling to find their purpose or they have no idea at all what their purpose is in life?

Our verse for today gives us an insight into purpose which will hopefully erase the question of purpose from anyone’s mind - “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10).

So often we think of younger people as the ones who struggle with understanding their purpose.  But I have also seen older people wrestle with the same thing.  I have had some older adults actually ask me “Why does God still have me here?”.  My answer to them, in love, has always been “You are still breathing. God’s got you here for a reason.”

Notice what Paul says to every single last person, regardless of age or what they think their ability or value is.  He tells us that even before we were born God had our purpose laid out. Sometimes the whole matter of purpose has to do with the matter of self-worth.  Notice how God gives us our worth “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works." God made us the unique and special person we are for the purpose of doing things he had in mind for us long before we were around.

There is no denying that sometimes we all struggle with trying to figure out exactly what those things are which we are supposed to be doing.  Even Christians sometimes struggle to understand and realize God’s purpose in their lives.  If and when you face those struggles, dig into God’s Word and seek his guidance. Pour out your heart to him in your prayers and ask him for clarity and direction.

What a blessing to know that God has made each of us for a specific purpose.  Seek to find and understand that purpose.  If you are struggling, know that God will make things clear at his time and in his way.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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