by Pastor Greg Fowler
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[My word] will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
Having purpose in our lives is critical for our wellbeing and sense of fulfilment. Without it, our actions can be just one thing after another, trying to fill a need or ‘be happy’ in that moment. That lack of connectedness in our life can create anxiety and stop-start motivation. Conversely, when we have a God-given purpose, we live in his peace, grow through our successes and failures, and enjoy a deep sense of peace.
To be purposeful in life does not mean we have to want to be the prime minister. True purpose comes from God – through his word. God sends his word to all of us, and we are most fulfilled when we allow that word to be the driving force in our life. We are encouraged to seek out spiritual gifts and grow them in our daily life. When we spend time in God’s word identifying how he has gifted us and devote time to developing that gift for his service, we experience purpose and peace in remarkable ways. Many years ago, there were church programs that methodically worked through an inventory to discover gifts. While useful, we do not need to undertake a program. God speaks to us through his word and prayer, and we naturally desire the gifts God has for us.
Purpose starts and ends with God’s word. I live out his purpose by using his gifts in the places he calls me. I let the results look after themselves. God’s ‘results’ are always richer than anything I could have imagined, so I live in blessing and peace, confident that God’s word will accomplish his purpose through me.
Lord God, settle my anxiety and show me your purpose. Enlighten me with your gifts and allow me to serve you. May your peace always be in my heart. Amen.
Pastor Greg lives in Adelaide and serves as pastor of Golden Grove Lutheran Church and Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School. He is blessed to spend lots of time with his grandchildren, Teddy and Olivia. His spare time is taken up with golf, Formula 1 and going out with his beautiful wife.