SERVING THE PURPOSE OF GOD

Scripture Reading:  Acts 13:32-39

“For David, after he served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, but He whom God raised up did not see corruption.”  (Acts 12:36,37)

I love what is said of David in this passage:  “After he served the purpose of God in his own generation, he fell asleep.”  David was God’s man appointed to serve God’s purposes at a specific time in history.  When he completed his appointed work in his generation, God took him to his eternal home in heaven.

God has a unique purpose for each of us and we are called to fulfill these purposes.  God raised us up at an appointed time in history to serve Him — that is the ultimate calling for every Christian.  God has a plan for us.  He put us on this earth at this time tin history o fulfill His purposes.  When we have done so, He will take us to our eternal home in glory.

Sometimes it may be difficult to discern what God’s purposes are for us.  I’m sure David had times of serious doubts.  When Saul hunted him down and attempted to kill him, or when he failed God miserably by sinning against Him, I am sure David questioned his purpose for living.  David must have struggled to understand what God wanted him to do.  He knew he was unworthy to be used by God.  Yet, in the providence of God, David served the purpose of God in his own generation.

As I look back over my life, I can see God’s providential hand at work.  He called me to be be a godly husband, father and now a grandfather.  He put people in my life and used them to minister to me, so that I could minister to others.  He called me to be a pastor and teacher, and I know when I have fulfilled the purposes God has for me, He will take me home.  I want to finish well!

Even though I may not understand the exact purposes God has for me, I want to be available and faithful to His callings.  When He has completed using me here on earth, I know that He will take me to my eternal home and I will rest from my labors.

Lord Jesus, enable me to know the purposes You have called me to serve.  May I be available and faithful to Your callings.  Please let me finish well!  I look forward to being with You in glory!

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