“If gifts and callings come without repentance (Romans 11:29), that means we could use our gifts yet still not live out God’s purpose for our lives. How scary is that?”
This thought has been running through my mind for over 1/2 of today, then tonight I read my evening devotion and it’s soo on target so I decided to copy & paste part of it below to add on to this thought.
Lately a lot of people have been dying around me. Not really people that I know directly, but people who are 1 degree of separation from me and most of them have been young.
It’s gotten me to think about how real death is and in contrast, how real life is. Living out your purpose. Existing and living to fulfill that which you were created to do. There is no greater satisfaction on this earth than living out God’s purpose for you.
Often people say “well what are you good at?” or “What subjects did you like in school?” “What special talents do you have?” Yes, these are great and helpful questions for identifying your gifts, but the better question is “Why were you created? What does God have you here to do?”
You may be using your gifts and talents everyday, but what are you doing it for? Is it for selfish gain and desires? Or is it for the glory of the One who made you & your gifts?
Don’t die on your purpose. Fulfill it and live it. Lets strive to leave nothing left undone.
Definitely doing some major self-evaluation on this one.
To go deeper, read the devotional below & check out this message I shared a couple weeks ago:
The heart is deceitful. Only God can know with certainty what lies within us (see Jer 17:9-10). We have hidden motives, many of which are rooted in sinful desires. The heart excuses, rationalizes, and justifies our actions. It blinds us to entire areas of sin in our lives. It causes us to deal with sin using only halfway measures, or to think that mental assent to the Word of God is the same as obedience (Ja 1:22).
If we are to win this battle for holiness, we must recognize that the basic problem lies within us. It means that we must acknowledge that the sinful desires and inclinations that come from deep within us keep us from doing what we are called to do. We cannot always discern what they are, where they lurk and how they have disguised themselves. But the Scriptures suggest a few: fear (see Ge 3:10), envy (see Pr 14:30), hatred (see Gal 5:20), selfish ambition (see Jas 3:14), the cravings of sin, the lust of the eyes and pride in possessions (see 1Jn 2:16). And thee list goes on.
To discern these negatives, a steward must allow God to search his or her heart and mind, ‘for the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ (Heb 4:12). It is also a matter of study and discernment in recognizing the subtle and not-so-subtle influences of the world and its attitude towards service, spirituality, sex, freedom, family, money, possessions, time environment, and all types of relationships.
We can steward our hearts by being mindful of what we absorb through our senses, not only keeping out the bad influences, but taking in the good (see Php 4:8).
Read the full devotional here. Search “Unwavering Conformity.” It’s from day 11 of the reading plan.