“But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.” – Acts 9:22
What do you want to be when you grow up? We come across many points in life where we ask the questions. Who am I? What do I want to be? Where I want to go? There is nothing wrong with having dreams and setting goals for yourself; however, the problem comes when it becomes all about, “I.”
We are all put on this earth with gifts and a purpose in using them. Not just for ourselves but for others, and to glorify our creator. A child will often times take on the footsteps of their father, in respect for them, and to honor them. Jesus was about His Father’s work (Luke 2:49)
The definition of purpose in dictionary.com is – The reason something exists or is done, made, used etc.
I used to love butterflies when I was a child. A butterflies purpose we could say is to pollinate other flowers to help them spread and grow. So even the butterfly gives glory to God, because she wields what God has given her. Everything is created for God’s glory. The butterfly starts off as an ugly caterpillar (in my opinion) but then goes through a metamorphosis and becomes beautiful, carrying out her purpose.
We exist and are made fearfully and wonderfully, for a purpose. (Psalm 139:14) But without other’s we would really have no purpose. If our purpose in life was only for ourselves, or to simply exist and die, then God wouldn’t need to create others; something to ponder. God knew Adam needed Eve.
Christ’s purpose was all about the people, so if we strive to be like Christ, we should follow suit.
Saul was in a bad place in his life in Acts 9. He was a persecutor of Jesus Christ. He was blind, broken and angry. But on the road to Damascus, though it seemed a broken road, it was on that journey that God revealed himself to Saul, healed him, and made him Whole. There is nothing to hard for God. God can bless even the most broken of roads, and make it work toward his purpose. Saul then went on to tell others about Jesus, and what He had done in his life, so they too might have hope.
There is so much emphasis when we are Children to explore careers. What we do is important; however, it is a very small part of who we are. Our greatest calling is the one given by our creator. This journey in life is just a small blip on the map, compared to what comes in eternity.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11-12
Notes to ponder for further reflection:
Saul was the Lord’s chosen instrument. God knew what He was capable of, so we know that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. He can reach you wherever you are in life. (Acts 9:15)
Ananias was in the right time at the right place. Know that you are perfectly situated for God’s best work. (Acts 9:10)