The Man Who Finds Fulfillment

And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” — John 1:19-23

John says nothing about the history of John the Baptist, which is not relevant to the story he is telling. Most people in his day already knew who he was. He was Jesus's cousin, born just six months before him, and was from a lineage of priests. He spent most of his life wandering in the desert until it was time for him to launch his ministry and mission. But when this moment finally came, when learned that John knew exactly who he was and what he was supposed to do. His identity and mission fulfilled a 700-year-old prophecy found in Isaiah.

I know this is a unique case, but something powerful happens when a man discovers his identity and mission. The Bible teaches that every man, not just John the Baptist, is designed by God for a unique mission and purpose. John the Baptist wasn't the only one. John, who wrote this book, had a special mission and purpose. Jesus did too. As did every testimony we will hear in this book. And men who know this and live in it are powerful.

But many men struggle to find this. Men are reading this right now who are unfulfilled. This can be a disturbing experience because no man wants to live an unfulfilled life. But men who submit their identity and mission to Jesus discover next-level fulfillment. This is because true satisfaction is found not in living out our design for our purposes but in living out God's design of us for his purposes. And men who align their identity, gifts, skills, and talents with God's design discover more lifelong fulfillment than other men.

This is John the Baptist. He knows his identity. He was born into a priestly order. And he knows he has a teaching and preaching gift and that he has to use it, and there is a mission for it. But he uses his gift not to bring attention to his name but to bring attention to Jesus's name. And thus, John the Baptist is the fulfillment of a 700-year-old prophecy who dies a very fulfilled man who did what he was called to do — prepared the way for the Lord.

How about you? Are you living out God's identity and purpose through you? If not, take those gifts, skills, and talents and leverage them for kingdom impact. Do something today that doesn't benefit you at all today. Do something that benefits God alone, and you will discover true fulfillment.

ASK THIS: Are you fulfilled?

DO THIS: Seek God's identity in you and live on his mission.

PRAY THIS: God, show me my identity and mission.

PLAY THIS: Whatever Your Plan Is.

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gonzalo correa

I feel (tho feelings aren’t hard facts) a sense of fulfillment when I do anything for the Lord e.i. pray, serve, love others; when I do any of this for my purpose (selfishness) not fulfill. For years now I been a Servant leader at my home church and being part of all the men’s programs we have and that is very fulfilling to me and it come with a Peach that I know it can only be from the Lord Jesus.

I also often pray for God to help me fulfill (do) the very “thing” He created me for before He takes me home. I don’t know if I will know prior to seeing Him face to Face but I personally strive to be exactly what He intended for my life. I give myself a little breathing room as I fully understand that I will and have gotten off trail, but Praise His Name, He gets me back on it after continual repentance, recommitment, and seek (I practice this often, I’m not very smart, sheep aren’t very smart). One day I will hear “Gonzalo, welcome home son, you did awesome for My Name where I placed you” to which I will cry of joy and He will hold me forever and ever amen.

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is the God Almighty!

David Josker

God, show me my identity and mission. I am yours, use me for your benefit alone.

Paul L

Goal for the day …take those [my] gifts, skills, and talents and leverage them for kingdom impact.
Take Kingdom Gound


How do I know if I am or not? somedays I think yes I am..other days I am lost and confused..does this sound familar to anyone?


Hey Rick. You are not alone in that. I spent 27 years as a full time worship leader. Felt I had really lived my calling. But several awful circumstances ripped me out of that life and now I sell insurance. I’m s messed and thankful to have what I have. But most days I feel super lost. Like a freight train took away my entire existence and now I have to find a way to be whatever God is currently calling me to be.


thanks nate..prayers for you


Very familiar to me. Those lost and confused days are tuff for me. I feel like it is mostly perception of situations. At least for me the situations around me do not greatly change from good days to bad, but just my feelings and emotions and such. 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that God is not of confusion. God is truth and righteousness and peace. In the Garden the serpent caused Eve to question what God said. Maybe not the words but the “meaning” of what He said. Genesis 3:4 the serpent tells her “you will not surely die”. Taking the truth that God spoke and causing her to over analyze and question and become confused. The way I see it anyway. That is the way I imagine she was feeling. John 14:6 I am the way the truth and the life…. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Jesus is our light. Our rock. To see clearly we need lots of light so what I try to do, notice I said try as sometimes knowing what to do and being able to do it are miles apart, what I try to do is get close to Jesus. Seek truth. Get in the word and believe it. Get close to that light and get as much of it as you can so you may clearly see the path. The truth. And the tricks of the enemy. See what is important and beneficial and see what struggles must be endured for a greater purpose. Trust that God WILL be exaulted (Psalm 46:10) and have faith that Jesus is with you in the fire (Daniel 3:25). Hold on and reach out to hold those who need you until the storm passes. In my experience the storm always passes. Then you do some clean up and shore up some weak spots in preparation for the next storm. Fight the good fight Rick. Keep focus and don’t quit. As I seek and look for Him in all things, the more I seem to find His hand in more and more things and am less swayed by the storms. I believe it is a life long process and I am far from being free from those confused bad days, but they do get easier. I will be praying….


Thank you Trent..I will continue to fight the good fight ! thanks for you insight and support.


Been there, done that, got the tshirt. Thought I knew or figured something out, only to find out I was wrong. His will, not mine. Easy to say, not always easy to do. Keep with it. Keep doing His will and you will find what you are looking for, but it may not be at all what you were expecting.


thank you ! the support and love on this daily Devo is amazing !

Bob Willbanks

Amen Vince! I find that writing out a Personal Purpose Statement has helped me stay grounded in this truth. Mine is:
“To use my God-given gifts, talents and abilities to pour into others so that they may know what is possible in and through Jesus Christ.”
What’s yours?

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