TUESDAY, JUNE 9
“For the Lord gave us this command when He said, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’”
Acts 13:47 (NLT2)
JOY IN GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOU
During a recent visit to Israel, a man’s attention was drawn to a dirt lot, somewhere in the middle of the Judean region. The lot was filled with what looked like rough pieces of wood lying in disorganized piles. He assumed that they were lumberyard rejects, and inquired of their purpose. His guide explained that they were actually olive trees. To his amazement, he began to explain that these stumps would be planted and watered. Soon this abandoned field would be a beautiful grove of olive trees. He shared with him how durable the olive tree is and how it is used in these three ways: 1. Olive oil is used in cooking and to burn in lamps; 2. The wood from the olive tree is used in building; 3. The olive is used for food.
That wood had a purpose. There is something about knowing that we have a significant purpose in God’s plan that can be a source of joy. In Acts 13:52 the believers were filled with joy. One of the reasons they were filled with joy was because in Acts 13:47 they knew they had been called by God to be a light to the Gentiles. At Northstar Church we believe God has called us to be a light in our community. Many of you have experienced the joy that comes from seeing your family and friends come to Christ. If someone asked you, “What is God’s purpose for your life?” could you give them a clear answer? If not, it is worth the time to begin the process of discovering God’s purpose for your life. Pray about it but also ask a Christian friend to help you work through discovering God’s purpose for you and the joy that comes with knowing.