Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings and the children of Israel:” (Acts 9:15)
READ: Acts 9:10-16
You are in the world but you are not of the world. Ask yourself: Why am I here? Why was I born white or black? Why was I born into this family? Why did God give me all the opportunities I have enjoyed? Why did I go through all the challenges I have encountered? All these relate to purpose. God has a purpose for creating you. God has a reason for creating each of all the billions of people on planet earth today, although not many would ever live to know their purpose.
Take Paul, the diminutive creature, who achieved giant strides, for instance: Why did God create him? After the Lord encountered Paul on his way to Damascus, he became blind. For the first time in his life, he began to pray right. In response to his prayers, The Lord sent a disciple, Ananias, to minister to him. Immediately Ananias understood who he was sent to pray for, he objected in strong terms, giving God reasons why Paul should not be trusted or favoured. But did God buy Ananias’ qualms? Acts 9:15 says, “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings and the children of Israel:”
One lesson here is that when the purpose of a thing is known, abuse is inevitable. Until Paul knew the purpose of his existence, he continued to work against it. Many people are in the same state today. They are working against the purpose of their existence because they do not yet know it. May the Lord open your eyes to see why He sent you to earth! Purpose is the main thing. It is like the skeleton or bone structure in the body. Although flesh and sinew cover the bones, without bones, no human body can perform its normal activity. Without achieving the purpose you were created for, you cannot be what you were meant to be. People tend to concentrate on the flesh they see, but hardly do anything about their bones. Everything you enjoy or suffer is there to enable you fulfil God’s purpose for your life. How close are you to doing this?
Lord, let me not miss Your purpose for my life.
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