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Our life's purpose in God

'For we are...created...for good works.' Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

God 'has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do' (Ephesians 2:10 GWT). Before we decide on what we'll devote our lives to, we need to seek God for guidance. Nothing takes the place of doing what he knows is best for us. A 'successful' life can be full of emptiness and lack of fulfilment if God's not leading it.

God created each of us for a specific purpose. Here are four questions to ask ourselves when it comes to identifying our own life's purpose: (1) What am I searching for? All of us have a strong desire in our hearts; something that speaks to our deepest thoughts and emotions and sets our souls on fire. (2) Why was I created? We need to consider the unique mix of abilities, relationships and resources available to us, our personal history, and the opportunities around us. (3) Do I believe in my potential? If we don't believe in ourselves, it will be harder to believe we can do anything God calls us to do, or even that God would want to use us. But he's given us all gifts and skills, and he'll equip us to do whatever he's asking of us. (4) When should I start? We should be starting now. Once we discover our life's purpose, we mustn't waste time getting started on fulfilling it.

So what now? If you're not yet sure what God's purpose for your life is,pray about and answer the four questions in the reading.

Soulfood: 1 Chr 19, 1 Chr 20, 1 Chr 21, 1 Chr 22, 1 Chr 23:1-20, John 9:24-41, Ps 115, Pro 25:26-28

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