The power of being useful

A lot of people struggle with their purpose in life. It’s a complicated issue, but one of the reasons people struggle is because they’re not sure if God exists.

Historian Carl L. Becker said that humans must be looked at as “little more than a chance deposit on the surface of the world, carelessly thrown up between two ice ages by the same forces that rust iron and ripen corn.”

If that’s the case, it’s no wonder people struggle with their purpose!

But we are here for a reason: We exist to know, love, serve and glorify God. We do this as the hands and feet of Jesus as we get in on the ways he restoring, renewing and renovating all things as he brings heaven to earth. It’s about being a disciple and making disciples.

Let me bring this big idea down-to earth a bit so that we can relate to it on a daily basis: We are to be useful to Jesus as his hands and feet in a hurting world.

Are you young, or old? Are you rich, or poor? Are you studying, working or retired? It really doesn’t matter. We are to be useful to Jesus as his hands and feet in a hurting world.

So the question you need to ask yourself is this: How can I be useful to Jesus as his hands and feet in a hurting world by being proactive about the well-being of others?

Maybe you’re supposed to help with someone’s physical needs, or mental-emotional needs, or spiritual needs. All of it matters. To God. And to us.

Not only does it increase your sense of purpose, but it gives God glory. In Isaiah 43:7 we read, “everyone who is called by my name… I created for my glory.” The point is to point to him.

So how can you be useful to Jesus as his hands and feet in a hurting world by being proactive about the well-being of others?

Usefulness is the hands and feet of faithfulness.

By Matthew Ruttan

–You can watch the sermon today’s devotional is based upon on YouTube here. It’s called “Who stole my purpose?” and is Part 3 in the ‘Contentment’ series. [The audio only is here.] Enjoy!
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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