FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT2)
MY IDENTITY DETERMINES MY PURPOSE
The Book of Heroic Failures was written by Stephen Pile in 1979. It is a book written in celebration of human inadequacy in all its forms. One story took place in 1978. During the fireman’s strike in England, the British army took over emergency firefighting and drove the “Green Goddess” rather than red fire engines. On January 14, the soldiers were called out by an elderly lady in South London. She wanted them to retrieve her cat who was stuck up a tree. The soldiers arrived with impressive haste and they very cleverly and carefully rescued the cat. The lady was so grateful that she invited the squad of heroes in for tea. Later as they drove off making their fond farewells and enthusiastic waving of arms, they ran over the cat and killed it. This is a tragic irony. The soldiers weren’t really trained to rescue cats and did the best they could but, in the end, failed to accomplish the mission.
We often know a first responders’ identity by the uniform they wear. And that identity helps clarify their practical purpose. In the same way our purpose is determined by our identity as children of God. When God makes us new in Christ, He also begins to unveil how that identity is made to shape our purpose.
Some say the most important questions any of us will ever ask is, “Who am I and why am I here?” Once we discover God’s answer to that question for ourselves, we find deeper meaning and purpose in life. Our church will take the next several weeks to dig deeper into the identity God has planned for us. In the meantime, continue to ask God to reveal the answer to those questions to you. Who am I and Why am I here?