Devotion for May 13, 2024

“God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” (Ephesians 2:10, NCV)

You weren’t put on earth to live for yourself. You were made for a greater purpose than simply to make money, retire, and die. You were made for a mission, and that mission gives your life meaning.

The Bible says, “God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing” (Ephesians 2:10, NCV).

In other words, you’re unique. No one else in the whole world — past, present, or future — is like you. God has made you so unique that there are certain things only you can contribute to the world. Those things make up your life mission.

Until you know your life mission, you’re just existing. Life may seem good, but you won’t experience the fulfillment you would if you were living out God’s intentions for you.

Jesus says in Mark 8:35, “If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live” (TLB).

God is giving you the opportunity to build your life around his mission for you. The only way to do that is by starting with a firm foundation: Jesus Christ. “And no one can ever lay any other real foundation than that one we already have — Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11, TLB).

You can choose to build your life on Jesus, the only foundation that will last. Or you can choose to spend your life chasing things that ultimately will fail you.

What’s certain is that one day you will stand before God and He’ll ask you: “Did you fulfill the mission that I gave you on this earth?” On that day, it will be clear whether you spent your life fulfilling God’s mission for you — or you chose to chase lesser things.

It’s never too late to start living the life God has planned for you. Start building your foundation on Jesus and pursuing God’s mission for your life today.

Prayer

Lord, lead me each day to do the work You have set out for me to do. Give me Your guidance and wisdom to follow that path so that I may use the gifts You have lovingly provided. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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