“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” ― Acts 20:24 (ESV)
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Think about it: the alarms goes off and it’s time to… hit the snooze button. And for some, it’s repetitious as you keep fighting with that snooze button. But then, you finally conquer the call of your bed and get up to start your day.
You get ready. You get the kids ready. You get everyone off to school. You head off to work. You meet up with friends. You run errands. You pick up kids from school. You cook meals. You go to practices and games, performances and competitions. And with hundreds of other things that you accomplish every day, you finally get everyone put to bed and rest your head on the pillow. You shut your eyes and wake up to the same thing a few hours later, just to start all over again.
But in the midst of all of that, have you found it? Have you found the WHY behind WHAT you’re doing? Have you found it? That one word that makes the monotonous become interesting and life-giving.
Look at Paul’s purpose in Acts 20:24. His life made no sense and had no value outside of his purpose, given to him by Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace. And he lived that life with reckless abandon and faithfulness.
But Brian, I’m not Paul.
Me either. And Jesus doesn’t want us to be Paul. He created you for his purpose, just like he created Paul for his purpose. The same Holy Spirit that was in Paul is in you. And he wants to bring you into the eternal and life-changing purpose of his gospel mission.
So tomorrow, when you wake up and hit that snooze button (even if it’s more than once), get up and say to Jesus, “So what are we doing today?” He will take your monotonous and bring it into his purpose. He will use you right where you are, doing what you’re doing, to impact people that he brings your way. As I always say, your mission field starts in your zip code. Let’s live every day with the anticipation and excitement to see God use us to impact people to know Jesus. May we yield ourselves to the call of Jesus to impact others, right where he has us. May our whole lives be consumed with the high calling of making much of Jesus and impacting our world that so desperately needs him. May we be open to the “interruptions” that come our way, seeing them as divine appointments created by God to care for a soul he so passionately loves.
I’m telling you, life changes when you find what it is that Jesus calls you to.
I love you so much, Purpose Claremont. Thank you for letting me walk this journey with you.