Monday, June 17, 2019

How to Live Your Life Purpose: Risk, Part Three

Step four in my "How to Live Your Life Purpose" series continues this week with risk. Did you miss the prior two weeks? You can catch up by reading week one and week two on risk. The final installment of this step will be sent exclusively to subscribers next week, so be sure that you have subscribed here!

Peter’s ability to walk on water in our study last week gave glory to God. Paul urges all Christians to “…do everything for the glory of God” in I Corinthians 10:31. Christian theology agrees. The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks: “What is the chief end of humanity?” The answer is our chief end is “to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” One way that we can glorify God is by offering him our very lives in obedience.

I love how the Directory for Worship for my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), defines the Christian life. It states, “Christian life springs from Christian worship, where we find our identity as believers and discover our calling as disciples. Christian life flows back into worship as we present to God the prayers of our hearts and the offering of our lives” (W-5.0101). Our lives become offerings when we surrender to God’s plan and show a willingness to hear him. Like Peter, this offering will sometimes call us to leave the safety of our boats and embrace risk at God’s direction. {Tweet that.}

Our obedience will not only help us; it will also benefit the church. As Christians, we obey and risk to fulfill our God-given purpose, and this purpose is connected to God’s larger plan for the world. Living out our life purpose enables us to be God’s redemptive hands and feet as we follow his direction. {Tweet that.} Our courage to counter risk by faith can inspire others to be bold and effect kingdom victories of their own too!

Questions to think about this week: Have you ever considered how what God is calling you to do could connect to his larger plan for the world? Have you ever observed how a simple act of your obedience to God produced a ripple effect that you did not expect? 

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