October 6, 2018

Have you ever asked the questions: What is my purpose? Why was I born? Will my life ever amount to something worthwhile? Most of us would probably answer that we have not only asked these questions but also have pondered them the majority of our lives. We seem to spend an inordinate amount of time feeling lost in the world, looking for something that will bring us a sense of accomplishment, and feeling unfulfilled over and over again.

Thousands of years ago, prophets spoke of a Messiah who would change the world. Jesus was born as God in the flesh to live a divine and human experience. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ministered to the outcasts of society. A worthy cause indeed, but he did not come just to walk among us. According to Isaiah 53:5, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” In one eternal moment of redemption, he disarmed everything in this world that claims authority over humanity. As the wounded healer, he bore the weight of our disobedience so that we might be healed by God’s mercy and grace. Over 2,000 years later, we are still influenced by the man named Jesus—God in the flesh whose purpose is still being fulfilled today, one believer at a time through stories of personal faith and transformation. And that is our purpose—that the world will know God through the eternal life of the Son.

Prayer for the Week

God of grace and glory, you have called me to your purpose, and I have answered the call. Heal and transform me. Give me confidence and assurance as I share my story of faith with others. Fill me with your presence, and guide me every day so that I will bring glory to your name. Use me as a witness to your abundant mercy and grace, and inspire me to extend it to others. I ask these things in your most holy name. Amen.

From 40 Days, A Journey of Prayer


Devotionals are suspended until December 1, 2018, the beginning of the Advent and Christmas season.