We are continuing our daily devotions through the book, The Purpose Driven Life, if you haven’t checked out the previous days you can read Day 5 here. In each post I will provide you with some highlights from each days devotion and at the end I am including a Point to Ponder, Verse to Remember and Question to Consider.
How appropriate for this to be our daily devotion when Easter is only a few days away! This chapter in The Purpose Driven Life is so powerful and helpful on our path to discovering the purpose God has for our lives.
(page 48 &49)
This is not your permanent home or final destination
Your identity is in eternity, and your homeland is heaven. When you grasp this truth, you will stop worrying about “having it all” on earth. God is very blunt about the danger of living for the here and now and adopting the values, priorities, and lifestyles of the world around us.
When we flirt with the temptations of this world, God calls it spiritual adultery.
“You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way.”-James 4:4-10 (MSG)
We are Christ’s ambassadors
With all the fascinating attractions, mesmerizing media, and enjoyable experiences available today, its easy to forget that the pursuit of happiness is not what life is about.
Only as we remember life is test, a trust, and a temporary assignment will the appeal of these things lose their grip on our lives.
“The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”-2 Corinthians 4:18 (MSG)
(page 50 & 51)
In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life- longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity.
We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be!
Earth is not our final home; we were created for something much better.
Realizing that life on earth is just a temporary assignment should radically alter your values.
“All that is not eternal is eternally useless.” -C.S. Lewis
Faithfulness to God does not guarantee success in a career or even in ministry. Never focus on temporary crowns.
In God’s eyes, the greatest heroes of faith are not those who achieve prosperity, success, and power in this life, but those who treat this life as a temporary assignment and serve faithfully, expecting their promised reward in eternity.
It takes faith to live on earth as a foreigner.
When life gets tough, when your overwhelmed with doubt, or when you wonder if living for Christ is worth the effort, remember that you are not home yet.
At death you won’t leave home- You’ll go home.
“We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”-2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
Kristen’s answer to the Question to Consider: Being reminded that this is not my eternal home helps to place a new significance on how I live each day with purpose. Its about learning how each persons personality and strengths can be used in our normal everyday activities, to reach those around me in a way that shows and communicates Christ’s love for everyone.
What is your answer?? Comment below.
Written by: Kristen Oliver
Based on: The Purpose Driven Life