October 27th, 2017 – DEVOTE

So, I know we’re all different. We all have different likes and dislikes, whether it be food or clothes or where to live or what kind of car we drive. We like different music and read different books. But that’s not a bad thing. Actually, in my humble opinion, that’s a good thing. It means God has created us with variety and a whole array of qualities. Now I have to tell you, I don’t always appreciate every one else’s qualities, especially when I want things done my way and someone comes in with a different approach.

So, with all your abilities… all your skills… all your giftings… all your qualities…, of which there are many, do you know the number one reason God gave them to you? I hope you do, though maybe not. Before I give you the answer, let me tell you of what one man found out about his life.

Before the Apostle Paul became a strong leader for the Christian Church, he was fighting against it. This is what he wrote about himself…
“You know how I used to live as a Jew. I was cruel to God’s church and even tried to destroy it. I was a much better Jew than anyone else my own age, and I obeyed every law that our ancestors had given us.” Galatians 1:13-14 CEV

This guy had qualities. He had confidence. He was bold and courageous. He had no fear. But one day, he met Jesus face-to-face and everything changed. This is his story…
“But even before I was born, God had chosen me. He was kind and had decided to show me His Son, so that I would announce His message to the Gentiles.” Galatians 1:15-16 CEV

Did you read that? God chose Paul, even before he was born, to be His spokesman and take the good news of the Gospel and present it to people who were lost and condemned.

All of Paul’s growing up years, he had a different direction. He was doing his thing… living his life, his way… using his abilities, skills, giftings and quality’s for his own gain and purpose. But what he found out the day he met Jesus, were all those abilities, skills, giftings and quality’s were giving to him by God, for God. Even before he was born, God had chosen him. That’s why God made him the way he was. That’s why God made you the way you are! For His purposes. He chose you before you were even born.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: God has purpose written all over you. It’s why He created you. It’s why He gave you your abilities, skills, giftings and qualities. Use whatever you have to bring Him glory, praise and honor this day and every day! He created you and chose you with purpose.

Thank You for making me the way I am and for using me however You choose. Help me to willingly follow. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen