Day 4: Real Purpose
Always being prepared to provide an answer for the hope that we have is a challenge. It requires us to dig deep, to look within ourselves to fully understand who God is, who we are, and who He has called each of us to be. Still, it can be quite overwhelming.
As an example, some may say, “I’d love to always be prepared to provide an answer for the hope that I have. But I don’t feel like God has provided me with what I need to do that. To be honest, I’m not sure He has given me any specific purpose to fulfill.”
If that’s you, be encouraged that you’re not the only one! But also be encouraged that the Scriptures confirm that as a follower of Jesus, God has provided you with spiritual gifts. The purpose of these gifts is to lift up and encourage others – both Christians and non-Christians alike.
Maybe the purpose God is inviting you to fulfill is to find simple ways to get started in the process. For example, maybe you can begin each day by praying, “God, today I ask that You provide me an opportunity to minister to somebody else, in as simple or as large a way as You lead me.” As you read today, consider this: Do you regularly pray for opportunities to minister to others? Would you be willing to commit to doing so over the next week?
Do you regularly pray for opportunities to minister to others? Would you be willing to commit to doing so over the next week?
God has provided you the opportunity to live each day with a Real Purpose. On your own, find at least three Scripture passages that say something about who God is inviting you to be and/or how He is inviting you to minister to others. Share the verses you discover with at least one other person.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Exodus 4-5
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, I confess that sometimes when I’m challenged to find a Scripture passage on a certain topic, I’m tempted to go online in order to quickly discover the answer. Perhaps You’re not looking for a quick answer, but are instead more interested in the process of me growing to know You. Perhaps you simply want me to know You instead of seeing what Google knows about You. Today, my desire is to read Your word, pause, and truly reflect on who You are. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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