Tuesday, March 13, 2012


What Are We Created For?

Scripture:  Exodus 20:2-4 and John 2:19

From the time I was a child, my parents told me I could become whatever I wanted to become. When I was in junior high and high school, I wanted to be a lawyer. Later in high school and in college, my career ideas changed with the months, (as they continue to.) But our occupations and jobs aren’t who we are; however, they may be a vehicle to live out our purpose. 

The Ten Commandments teach us that our purpose is to worship and serve God. The first few commandments assert that God is first and in all of our actions, we must serve God.  They also emphasize that we are called to holiness and to service. In John 2:19 we find Jesus telling the temple merchants that if they "Destroy this temple, in three days I will raise it up." Jesus' foreshadowing of his death on the cross is tied to his purpose.  His destiny is to die on the cross for our sins. 

Jesus’ ministry models for us how to live out God’s purpose. May we use our bodies and minds to serve God with purpose. May we tap into our gifts, talents and passions and find something tailor-made for God’s service.

Prayer:  Lord, give us the guidance to live into our true purpose, serving you, whatever that may look like.  Amen.

 Emma Akpan

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