by Dwayne Morris
Do you remember “do overs”? When we were kids, there was some universal rule that stated, “At any moment in time, upon a failed attempt at some matter of skill, we could announce, ‘do over’ and get another try.”
It is a time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Many of us want to lose a few pounds or change some habits. And some want more than just new habits, they want a total do over with life as a whole. I read where 8.2 million Google searches were made on the topic of “living a full life.” That is a lot of people looking for John 10:10.
Let me offer a quick perspective on how you can get there without spending a lot of time on Google. It all stems from a verse I discovered recently while SOAPing through the scriptures in Acts.
“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep.” Acts 13:36
David was a PERSON. You are a person. People are God’s most unique creation. The Bible calls us “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) We are very complex creatures crafted by a Creator who controls billions of variables to all come together to make one person at a time.
David had a POSTURE of serving. He understood his life was not about him, rather about using his life to serve others. I really can’t say it any better than God: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
King David was a person who had a posture of serving, and served for a PURPOSE. God has a purpose for your life. His ultimate purpose is that He might reveal His power in you and through you so that His name might be proclaimed in all the earth. (see Exodus 9:16) Yet, in placing you in your family and in your place of work, He has purpose for you there.
One more verse on purpose:
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” (Proverbs 20:5)
David’s specific purpose was for “his own generation;” also known as his PEOPLE. Who are you compelled to serve most? Your spouse? Your kids? Your friends? Your co-workers? Homeless people? Orphans? Widows?
What area of life breaks your heart
to the point you believe someone should do something
and that “someone” is
When you take David the person, with a posture of serving, engaging his purpose for a specific group of people, you get a final PRODUCT…a complete life…a full life. Despite his past mistakes, David shows us that God will fully use a life that is fully surrendered to him. We only need to be engaged in making the most of the opportunities and the life we have and do it for the glory of God.
Please leave us a comment letting us know how we can pray for you as you discover your purpose.
Dwayne is a blogger, author, and speaker who lives in South Carolina. Dwayne serves young leaders who have a passion to live a life that matters. Connect with him through his blog, on Facebook, and Twitter He recently released his book, “the OUTRAGEOUS life”. You can get copies at Amazon.com. Be sure to read the details at the end of the post. Check out the new book by Dwayne, the OUTRAGEOUS life.
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