Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hope of Purpose

 Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have made for you," says the Lord, "they are plans for good not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

Ever since I was saved I have struggled with what my purpose is. What did God have in mind when he created me?

 This verse makes me feel so good. To think that the creator of the  univers, the maker of the stars, has made plans for little ol' me. The only problem was I couldn't figure out what they were. I think it's something many of us wonder and some even struggle with.

I have prayed incessantly, searched my Bible, attempted endeavor after endeavor trying to see what fit. What felt right or meant to be. Am I meant for children's ministry, human videos, youth ministry, music, singing, drums, outreach, missions??!! What am I meant to be in the body of Christ? An arm, a leg, a big toenail? The more I tried to figure out where I fit in the stronger I felt that I didn't fit in at all. I accepted a long time ago that I DID NOT fit in in the secular world. In fact one of my most favorite verses is -

1 Peter 2:9 "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of the darkness into His marvelous light." Peculiar. Yeah, that's me in a nutshell. But I'm suppose to fit into to the church body somewhere, right?

Well, to say the least, it was discouraging. However, recently I had an epiphany. My purpose, your purpose, it's to do one thing; "and (Jesus) said unto them (us), "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature..." (Mark 16:15). This is suppose to be our main focus, our true purpose. We are suppose to live our lives for Christ and the only way to do that is by sharing Him with the world. By spending so much time worrying about my specific purpose I was missing the point; the BIG picture. It's like that saying, I couldn't see the forest for the tree. I would even go out on as limb and say that this is a deception of the enemy. By keeping me (us) distracted about what our purpose is, he was successful for a time in keeping us blind to what God really wants us to be doing.

Since I've discovered this, I rest assured that so long as I preach the gospel everywhere I go to everyone I meet sooner than later the Lord will see fit to reveal more of His plan for me, to me.
I hope you can accept this command as your purpose as I have. Use every opportunity the Lord gives to share the good news of Christ to everyone you can. Whether you work at a bank, a doctors office, a hair salon, or if you're retired, or are a homemaker, or a student; we all have many opportunities to tell people about Jesus. Don't let the chances pass you by! Fulfill you're purpose! Shout it from the rooftops! 
"Jesus loves you! He died for you, and He desperately wants a relationship with you!" Be fishers of men (Matt 4:19).

 You may be the last chance someone has to hear about Jesus before they leave this world. You may be the last time they NEED to hear about Jesus before they ask Him into their hearts. Your words, your testimony may be just what they need to hear to make that decision. Saving lives. That is purpose! What better purpose could you ask for?

From the Purpose Driven Heart of Chassidy Hester


  1. I LOVE this Chassidy! You are so correct, the devil will keep us distracted everytime and it is deception of the enemy. I have found what you are saying to be true in my life too. I live my life to spread the word of God to the lost and hurting. It has become a good obsession!!!! As far as Church......,whatever God needs done, I am willing! He only calls the willing :) Great devotional ;)

  2. I think a lot of people feel like their purpose should be "grand". When in truth most of us are not called to be out on a "grand" scale. Just to live day to day honoring Him and shareing his love with the people we meet along the way.