This might sound a little cliché but I do believe that our purpose on earth is far greater than what we imagine. Our way of thinking can be quite limited and even a bit dull at times.
God created each one of us uniquely. If you compare yourself to your siblings for example, you can see how your personality and interests differ despite the fact that you both have the same parents and upbringing.
Being unique means only you can fulfil a specific purpose.
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” – Exodus 9:16
All of us are called to have a relationship with Jesus. As we get to know more about Him and grow in this relationship, He will also reveal His purpose in our lives.
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” – Jeremiah 29:12-13
Knowing that God has created us for a definite purpose is important. It is sooo easy to get anxious, upset, stressed and discouraged as life brings our way negativity, bad news and personal issues. However, if we understand that God is all seeing, all knowing, ALWAYS loving, and has a purpose for us, we are able to look at these kinds of situations in a new way and are able to handle them better.
“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
Lately, I attended a church service where a man called Bill Wilson was invited as a guest speaker. I had never heard anything like this before, it wasn’t a typical sermon!
I was so blessed by the message, particularly when he said; ‘ordinary people are called to be extraordinary’. This sentence is SO true! Just think of how many lives have been changed through so-called ‘ordinary’ people. Bill Wilson explained that at the age of 12, his mum left him on the street, and an ‘ordinary’ Christian man picked him up, fed him, looked after him and sent him to a Christian summer camp. Bill Wilson gave his life to Jesus at this camp, and when he got older founded an incredible organisation Metro World Child.
Little acts of kindness and compassion from the ‘ordinary’, like in Bill Wilson’s story, go a long way.
Do we help out those who are less fortunate than us? Do we make an effort to talk to a classmate who might be shy and struggling to make friends? Do we share our food when we realise that someone else cannot afford their lunch?
Part of God’s great purpose in our lives is to be a helping hand, to be ‘ordinary’ people, doing extraordinary things through Him.