Day 29: Purpose & Sanctification

It is not hard to see and admire the purpose and calling of so many people mentioned in the Bible. In Romans 15, Paul clearly shares his purpose and calling with the Roman church.

My brothers, I myself am convinced about you that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.  Nevertheless, I have written to remind you more boldly on some points because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving as a priest of God’s good news.  My purpose is that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:14-16).

Part of Paul’s purpose was to offer to God those He had shared the gospel message and discipled.  His prayer was that the offering of new converts to Christianity would be acceptable and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  When you read the Bible, it is sometimes discouraging to hear about all of the wonderful work the people did on behalf of God and the calling He gave to them because you do not believe God has called you to anything.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Not only given to Paul, purpose, and calling were given to YOU!!  Read the words Paul wrote to the church of Ephesus as they consider their purpose and calling before God.

For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10

If you have accepted the gift of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then there are good works for you to perform; works God prepared and created ahead of time so that you could walk in them.  Do you know what they are?  Have you sought the Lord for His desires?

Scripture tells us in Psalm 37:4—“Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desire.”  In Proverbs, we are instructed to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will give you the desires of your heart Proverbs 3:5-6.

What is your passion?  What is it God wants to fan into a flame that shines brightly for Him?  What is the unique gifting He has given just to you; the gift He desires to sanctify in your life so that others would be sanctified as well?  As scripture beckons us to delight and trust in the LORD, our desires and purpose will be revealed and given to us.

For me, the desire and passion to write have always been a part of me.  Moving from journal writing to blogging has opened up more opportunities for the things God is teaching me to be shared with the internet world.  More recently the calling and purpose of my passion for writing became even clearer.

To share with you how God has brought my desire to realization is scary.  But as each of us take faith steps toward becoming more like Christ, I pray, as Paul prayed, that the Holy Spirit would sanctify my offering of words that flow out of my heart and onto the screen and paper.  May all that read the words that come forth foster sanctification in their lives as well.

So I offer my simple testimony of God’s calling on my life to you and ask for your prayers, encouragement, and even critiques as we journey together in walking in the purposes God has called us too.

The Calling