Read: Matthew 22:37, ESV
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”
In every kitchen there are appliances: toaster, refrigerator, stove, microwave, can opener, etc. Each appliance was designed by its manufacturer for a specific purpose. Each one has its own unique reason for being.
Now you can use your appliances any way you want, but if you use them outside of their purpose, they won’t be as effective and someone may get hurt. You can try to cook in your refrigerator, or freeze things in your microwave, or open a can with your stove, but that’s not what any of them were designed to do. Appliances don’t tell the manufacturer what to do, they do what they were created for.
In the same way, we are God’s creation. God tells us why we exist and he tells us what we are designed to do. God created us to worship him; that is our purpose. And if we operate outside our purpose, we will experience frustration and confusion. But, when we fulfill our purpose, we find fulfillment and joy, because we discover what God created us for.
So, we start the year on purpose. Worship God with all you have and ask him during your worship time to reveal your purpose, why he created you. And when he answers, pursue his purpose and enjoy the journey.
Prayer Prompt: Father God, you created us on purpose and for a purpose; none of us were an accident or a mistake. Father, reveal your purpose for each of us as we worship you and seek your face, that we may live out your purposes for your glory.
Adron Robinson is pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills and president of the Illinois Baptist State Association.