Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?” (Rom. 9:20).
READ: Romans 9:17-21
Your purpose on earth is very crucial to your existence. If you want to fulfill your destiny, you will need to first go to God to ask why you are here. For instance, Paul had all the education he got just to enable him bear God’s name before kings and Gentiles (Acts 9:10-16). Similarly, according to Romans 9:17, God created Pharaoh, kept and raised him to become king of the world, so that when he is drowned all other kings would pay attention and acknowledge God as the true King of kings. In the same vein, God allowed a young maid to be taken captive and brought into Naaman’s house so that through her testimony, Naaman could be healed, and God’s Name glorified in Samaria (2 Kings 5:1-14). Do you know your purpose on earth? John the Baptist knew his. He recognized he was the voice that was spoken of by the prophets, the one who would prepare the way for the Lord and Saviour of the world. The first significant step to success in life and ministry is to know your purpose.
Once you identify your purpose correctly, everything else will begin to fall in place. Also, as you key into your purpose, you will find joy and fulfillment. If you find it difficult to have inner joy and satisfaction doing what you are doing, it is most likely that you are yet to enter God’s purpose for your life. Let me cite my driver as an example. While driving one day, he said to me. “Daddy, I think I know my purpose in life”. “What is it?”, I asked. He replied, “It is to be your driver”. I have had to examine his life since then and observed several beautiful experiences he has witnessed that many CEOs have not. Recently, he got visas to go to Britain in company of his wife and two children. The tickets were paid for by someone else. When we met in London, his children were filled with excitement. This was all because he discovered his purpose. When you are outside your purpose, opportunities are misplaced. The best place to optimize your opportunities when you are operating within God’s purpose for your life. When you identify your purpose, you will not waste your resources. Have you identified your purpose? Ask the Lord to help you discover it today.
Lord, I know you did not create me for nothing. Reveal to me the purpose why you brought me to earth.
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