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?

DO THIS: Share your thoughts below.

PRAY THIS: God, I need your grace in this area _______________.

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Don't Abort Your Purpose

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19 thoughts on “Don’t Abort Your Purpose

  1. Chuck says:

    This particular Devo was very timely for me. I have retired from a very busy career as a Pharmacist and am seeking to understand my next steps in life-How to use my skills, gifts, etc. This Devo caused me to pause and evaluate my purpose and how to fulfill that purpose at this stage of life. I am still very active and healthy, with plenty of energy that needs to be used in a focused manner.

  2. Eric says:

    To just let go of the wheel and let God drive!!! After all HE is already in control whether my hands are on the wheel or not! Please help me to remove all of my fears and apprehensions about daily “things” and just bask in the fact that you have me covered. Regardless of the situation or circumstances. Thank you Lord for your unconditional GRACE.

  3. Don says:

    2/3 of my life is already behind me and honestly I have a difficult time determining God’s purpose for me and my life. With all honestly, My walk with God has not been consistent. I need God’s grace to be not so hard on myself

    • David Fredrickson says:

      Don, I have found that the more understanding and and have faith in the Lord’s crazy love for us (for even me!) the more He transforms and reveals Himself, His way and His purposes to me.. I encourage you to seek Him and desire Him above all else…. endlessly. his Holy Spirit will fill us with all we need and the Lord wants.

  4. Justin says:

    I find myself feeling it’s thankful for God’s mercy lately than His grace. Whether it’s road rage, difficult people at work, or whatever, I’m thankful God doesn’t repay my unkindness with unkindness. He’s merciful and withholds what I deserve…then grace comes into play, because then He gives me goodness that I don’t deserve. At least that’s how I’ve always viewed grace versus mercy.

  5. Bill B. says:

    I need God’s grace in nurturing my 25 year old stepdaughter Danielle towards independence. She still lives with my wife Deb and I and really isn’t motivated to do such.

  6. Chaplain Jimi says:

    This is a very critical time for us as true believers. Those of us who are not going to & have never lived inside the gray areas of today’s “church universal “. We are all pieces that make up the parts of God’s Kingdom machine. We’re either all-in or not at all.

  7. Stephen George says:

    I need The Father’s grace and mercy to walk out the door in the morning! Without His Spirit and Peace I have no confidence. I have to settle the fact that apart from Him my life is a banging gong and a clanging cymbal, but with Him I have ALL things pertaining to Life and Godliness.

  8. Tom Fredericks Sr. says:

    Blessings Pastor Vince! I was so enriched by your statement, “one cannot use human methods to discover a Divine purpose!” This is so true and dead-on. Oh that I will master love and humility in ALL areas of my life, and thus allow His supernatural Grace to be THE fuel and power in strengthening me for His plans and purposes in my life. “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”
    Psalm 127:1 – God bless & keep you!

  9. Cory D says:

    I need God’s grace this next week with my wife. We have a family wedding and her emotional temperature is on the hockey stick curve. Pray for me to be understanding, supportive and graceFull this week.

  10. Bob K says:

    I’ve come to realize that my purpose is to allow God’s grace to conform me to the image of His Son each day He gifts me and to share the Good News of the Gospel with those He gives me the opportunity to do so. His Spirit provides the details of how that works out each day.

  11. Alexander Riddle says:

    God, I need grace in the area where I have fallen short of being the husband I need to be. Now, my wife and I are separated and I realize how I’ve damaged the situation you blessed me with. Please forgive. Bring healing to Lily Riddle no matter the future of our relationshi.

    • Trent says:

      I am sad to hear of your situation. There are so many very wise and mature things you said there. Accepting responsibility. Recognizing wrongs. Praying for someone else’s good above your own. Quite a humble comment. I will pray for her, for you, and for the best outcome for all involved that only He can clearly see. Stand on Proverbs 3:5-6 and Romans 8-28. Keep fighting.

  12. Jack Dellinger says:

    Saul spent his formative years learning the law. He became an authority on it. Because he knew the law so well he understood that the church based on the law and “The Way” as Christianity was first known could not coexist. Until his purpose was revealed he tried to destroy “The Way”, but after his revelation he was just as ardent at preaching the gospel.

    This is important for us as men to understand, because we may feel “stuck” in a secular job. It could be that God is allowing us to learn things that will be beneficial to your ultimate calling. So continue in the intent of God until you get revelation from God!

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