If You’re Breathing, You Have a Purpose - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - September 26, 2020
If You’re Breathing, You Have a Purpose
By Rick Warren
"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
God didn't create anything without a purpose. If you're breathing, you have a purpose. In Christ, you have something to offer the world.
When God made you, he wired you in a certain way and uniquely shaped you for a contribution. Nobody has been you in the past or will be you in the future. God doesn't create clones or copies. Even identical twins are different in thousands of ways.
Your thumbprint, voice, footprint, heartbeat, and eyes are unique. You're not one in a million. You're one in trillions. God custom-made you. And he wants you to be you.
You may have heard all your life, "Why can't you be more like [your brother or sister or friend]?” But if God hadn't wanted you to be you, then you wouldn't exist.
And, yet, you may spend your life trying to be somebody you’re not. When you do that, you miss your whole purpose.
God did not make you and put you here on this planet just to breathe air, take up space, and die. If you're here, there’s a contribution that only you can make.
"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago" (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).
You are God's masterpiece. Before you were born, God planned the good things he wanted you to do with your life. In other words, he gave you a ministry.
Everybody has a ministry. You can find your ministry by looking at how God shaped you. He gave you unique spiritual gifts, abilities, and experiences to help other people.
When you see how you are shaped and use that shape to bless others, then you will find your ministry. And you will find your purpose.
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