Read 2 Timothy 1:9; Exodus 4:10
Hello guys! Can anyone tell me what we have been learning about the past two weeks? That’s right, God’s game plan for our life! Last week, we discovered that our identity, which is how we describe ourselves, should center around who God made us to be.
This week, we discuss how God made each of us for a particular purpose. What does it mean to do something on purpose? (Take a few answers.)
When you do something purposefully, it’s not by accident; you do it to achieve a specific end goal. Can anyone tell me why we practice? (Take a few answers.)
That’s right, we practice to win games. We know each practice has a purpose because of the end goal we have set.
God also has a purpose for us each day we are here on earth; let’s dive into this purpose.
Did you know there are over 7 billion people on this earth? Isn’t it wild that God created each of them for a specific purpose? He made no one by accident, not even you.
“He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” 2 Timothy 1:9
This verse in 2 Timothy tells us that God had a purpose for us before time began. It also reminds us that our purpose here on earth has nothing to do with our talents and works. So what does this mean?
It means that the job God has called each of us to has nothing to do with us but has everything to do with God.
I am sure on your team, each of you plays a specific position based on your developed talents. We are used to getting rewards based on how we perform and then finding our purpose through other people’s praise.
The world might work this way, but it isn’t how God works. God gave us a purpose before we knew what we were good at. He didn’t sit back and wait to see if we were shy or outgoing, brave or scared, a leader or a follower. No matter what we think about ourselves, God will use us for His purpose.
Does anyone know who Moses is? (Take some answers if they have them). Moses was a man whom God chose to lead His people, the Israelites, out of slavery in Egypt. This was a mighty purpose God gave Moses. What if I told you Moses didn’t think he was the right man for the job based on his lack of skills?
“But Moses replied to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent—either in the past or recently or since you have been speaking to your servant—because my mouth and my tongue are sluggish.” Exodus 4:10
Moses had an idea of what he thought he was good at and what he was not. He tried to tell God that He had the wrong guy for the job.
The part we play in God’s game plan is completely up to Him, not us. How exciting to know that God doesn’t even think about the limits we put on ourselves! Our job is to stop limiting what we think we can do for God and understand that He has a great purpose for each of us.
- In what areas do you think you are weak? In what areas are you strong?
- What excites you about knowing God created you for a purpose?
“Father God, we are so thankful that You made each of us different with different talents so that we can best serve You and Your Kingdom. Help us not to limit how we can serve You. Amen.”