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Purpose… Do you feel like you are accomplishing your purpose? Do you even know what your purpose is? Too many of us go about our life in a haze wondering what our purpose is and what we should do with our lives. For some, you are satisfied with you job, your family is good, and you enjoy a hobby. Life is good, you're living it, and there are no real problems. For others you are struggling to find value, there must be more than this, what is next?

This devotional is not going to help you find the right job, so you have purpose but to find purpose within your job, your current job, your future job, any job. You won’t find value in your relationships or hobbies you’ll find value through them. Your church will not give you purpose, but you will give your church purpose (don’t freak out, let me explain).


You won’t find purpose in a job but through your job


In Matthew 5 Jesus give “the sermon on the mount.” Jesus starts with the Beatitudes than He teaches about different subjects (divorce, law, lust anger, etc…). But the second thing He talks about is salt and light.

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. (Matthew 5:13)

Salt’s main purpose is to change the food that it is associated with. To help take a product and make it better, flavorful, good. You are the salt of the earth. You have a purpose. To go and change those around you, to share the good news of Jesus and watch as people are changed. Salt enhances the food. We as Christians, through Christ, enhance the gospel. Not because of our abilities but because of His power through us. We are the salt. We are the church. To go and share the gospel and make disciples.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:14-16)

We are to be a light to our community. Our actions, our words, our thoughts, our lives are to point to Christ. So that all will see and know that God is good. Too often we hide the fact that we are Christians. People at our work would have no idea if we followed Christ or our worldly desires. Neighbors can only tell that we are believers because we seem always to be leaving Sunday morning for an hour or two. The people in our community know we are Christians because when we cut them off last week they saw our church sticker on the back of the car.

Are you a light to the world? Stop right now and think. Take a moment and look at your life. Are you being the light in the places God has placed you or are you going through the routine? You are the salt but have you lost your flavor?


You are the light of the world


There is a popular Christian statement that went around when I was in high school. “Not of this world” the idea was great but too often I watched as Christians used that statement to segregate from the world. To disconnect from the un-churched because their values are not the same. Is salt beneficial if it is on the food or a different plate? The salt must be connected to the food to accomplish it’s purpose. We must stay connected to the world so that our lives can be a light so that we can accomplish our purpose.

Today look at where God has placed you and how you can be the light to those around you. Make sure that you are living your walk out so that your effectiveness is not hindered. Let us be the church, now.





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