I have been in many conversations lately and really been thinking about the topic of gifts, talents and the question, "Am I fulfilling my purpose?" I keep hearing the same question. What makes your heart beat?
As a Christ follower, I obviously want my heart to beat for the things and purposes God has called me to. I want to feel that racing when it comes to knowing that I am serving His purposes.
But does it?
What a great question. Take a minute to ask yourself these questions. What do I get excited about? Where or when do I feel completely in my element? Is this a time or space that seems to fly by and I hope I could have more?
As you read about several biblical characters, that had really significant roles in the history of the bible, the final words or what I consider a biblical eulogy end something like this.
First one is Samuel, the man whom anointed King David, ministered to the first King of Israel, Saul, and played out God purposes for his life time and time again. These are the final words about Samuel.
Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah. 1 Samuel 25:1.
When I read over this in my summer study I had to laugh out loud. We are led through Samuel’s life in the first part of 1 Samuel and then we get to these three words. Then Samuel died. That’s it. Clearly he was loved. All of Israel assembled and mourned.
The reason I laughed or chuckled was because I pictured the obituary in the newspaper and here is a picture of old Samuel and next to his worn out face it just says... He died.
Now I look at King David’s final times. These are the kind of words I want to be read or printed about me at my death.
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption (or decay). Acts 16:36
He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king. 1 Chronicles 29:28
Life is short. Life is but a breath. At the end of your breath, what will the history books say? He died. She died. Or will they say, “She (He) served their purposes in their generation and fell asleep. They enjoyed a long life with honor and died at a good old age.”
I am not saying that you can know that you will live a long life and die at a good old age. Will anyone, however, be able to say about you “He (She) served their purpose for God in Her generation and then she fell asleep.
We all have the same central desire to feel like our lives have purpose. We all want to feel that in some way we can be significant or make a difference.
Are you serving God’s purpose in your life?
We were all put here for such a time as this to serve our generation and make known the Word of God. We are to make known His redemptive story because it is God’s desire that not one person should perish.
So with a knowledge of the lives of so many greats that have gone before us. The desire to serve God’s purpose in my generation before I fall asleep and being a servant of my Lord are some of the things that Make. My. Heart. Beat.
I do not want waste a moment. I want to follow the desire and the will of God so that I may set out on the path and the purposes He has for my life.
I want to be teaching His Word on the path He had placed before me (which seems to include all of you). I want to have a willing obedient heart that travels on Great Commission Road and witnesses to the ends of the earth.
At the end of my life, I don’t want the words beside my final picture to be “She died”. I want my eulogy to read she served God’s purpose in this generation and then at His time He took her home.
What about you?
What makes your heart beat?
Do you know that you have a purpose?
Do you fulfill the purposes God laid out for you?
Do you even know what your purposes are?
It is a very interesting topic to explore. If you are left with lots of questions I would encourage to explore your life. Explore the Word of God. Your Creator has created you for great things. Find out what those things are and get busy.
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