What is my purpose in life? James 1:18
James 1:18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Things appear slowly, but they appear. My old style of reading the Bible was rapid, get in read, get out! Now I spend time, I explore, I read commentaries, check out the greek and Hebrew, pause, listen, pray.. come Holy Spirit come. I immerse myself in the Word and things appear that didn’t appear when I rushed God. I give God lots more time and lots more attention and the results seriously blow me away!
Spending time with James 1:18 revealed to me that God created me, begat is to literally be born, to be brought into being. Now I already knew that God is the mighty Creator, but what struck me about this passage is that God created me for a purpose. I am no accident; I have a clear purpose in life – YES!
And I realise that my goal in life is to become all that God intends me to be, to be the firstfruits of his creatures, which talks of being special and unique in God’s eyes. When I look at me I see lots of problems! I have plenty of insecurities, like when I preach, I may seem confident, but the number one question in my head leading up to me speaking, (and sometimes while I am speaking) is: will this be an amazing message? (For an example click here ) But I realise that this is the wrong question as I am way too focused on what people think. Sure that is important, but what is more important is: what does God want me to say?
So in seeking to become all that God wants me to be I need to:
- Spend more time praying and thinking about God’s will for my life. What I also find helpful is asking people who know me well what they think my gifts are;
- Remain focused on God, seeking to be in His presence and constantly seeking the God perspective (What Would God Think? WWGT)
How wonderful it is to do God’s will, to live as God wants me to live!! Wow!
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