Devotion Day 73 – Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 73 – Luke 2:1 – Luke 9:62 In our reading today, we hear Jesus sharing his purpose statement.

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

This didn’t just come out of thin air, this came from God’s word given to the prophet Isaiah. We heard it when we read Isaiah 61:1-2, interestingly if comes from my favorite section of Isaiah.

Several years ago Pastor Rick Warren wrote the Purpose Driven Life. He sees, and I’d agree, all of us were created with God having a purpose for us. He lays it out in his book, but here’s a summary of his key thoughts.

  • We were planned for God’s pleasure
    • so your first purpose is to offer real worship.
  • We were formed for God’s family
    • so your second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.
  • We were created to become like Christ,
    • so your third purpose is to learn real discipleship.
  • We were shaped for serving God
    • so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.
  • We were made for a mission
    • so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism.

As we read through the Gospels we get a clear picture of how Jesus saw his purpose. We also see how he wasn’t going to let the Pharisees, Roman leaders or even his disciples get in the way of his living out the purpose the Father God had for him.

How do you understand your purpose? Rick Warren’s five points can help you form a clearer picture of what God created you to do for and with Him.

When I was called to Community Presbyterian Church, I had a clear sense of my call being to pastor the people of the church but also to be a pastor to the people in the community of Forsyth and Taney County. I continue to have that sense of call and will continue to ask God to guide me in my call.

I believe your purpose given by God can best be lived out in your own backyard. Yes, some of God’s disciples are sent elsewhere but most often God chooses to use us where we live, where God has planted us.

Today, ask yourself what is my purpose today? Ask the Spirit to reveal it to you?

Blessings on you, on this the eve of Thanksgiving Day.

O God, reveal to us today, your purpose for each of us. Reveal to us how you want to use us within your kingdom on earth. Open each of us up to your holy will and purpose. Amen.

Next reading: Day 74 – Luke 10:1 – 20:19 (or to the end of Luke if you choose).

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