Don't Abort Your Purpose
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem... — Galatians 1:15-18
So I want you to see something here that we could easily miss. Notice these three phrases:
- "[God] who had set me apart before I was born." — The intent of God.
- "[He] was pleased to reveal his Son to me." — The revelation of God.
- "in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles." — For a special human purpose.
Men, this is every one of us. We were created by divine intent and revelation for a purpose. There's a purpose that we each fulfill. Paul's purpose was to preach the message to the lost world. And no one was better positioned to do that than Paul. And just like him, we need to see God's purpose in our lives. Now, this world will try to dismiss it, cancel it, redefine it, or abort it, but every life has sanctity and a sanctifying purpose. Everyone! That includes you. And by God's grace, this is possible because his grace activates your purpose.
But fellas, we can't use human methods to discover a divine purpose. This is what the Galatians were trying to do. So don't try to live the spiritual life your way, based on your ideas, effort, education, good works, and motivation. Just accept his grace and let grace power your purpose. Over time as you learn to walk in his grace, he will reveal your purpose. And it may take years. Like years of wondering in Arabia. But his grace is your means and method for all things. It's exactly how Paul went from purposeless to purposeful. And so will you.
ASK THIS: Where do you need God's grace today? Why? And how could this power your purpose if you trusted in it more?
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