Article: LIVE WITH A PURPOSE TO PLEASE GOD! | Jacob Varghese, India
Have you ever felt a moment realising “This is it! This is why I am alive. I get it now.”? There is no greater joy than to be used by God for a purpose bigger than yourself. Nothing compares to that feeling you get the moment you realise it. Romans 6:13 says “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness”.
If you never had this feeling, you are missing out. The purpose of life is not to get an education, get a job, make money, and retire before you die. Your life is far more significant than your career. You were made for eternal purposes. The Bible says, “Give yourselves completely to God — every part of you — for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes”
The problem is that many people secretly fear that God could never use them. Some people feel disqualified because of their past sins and mistakes. Others feel unqualified because they don’t feel like they have the right education, talents, or background. Maybe you feel one of those two ways — disqualified or unqualified. But you only have to look at the life of the Apostle Paul to know that God wants to use us in ways that we can’t even imagine.
Nobody in history has been used by God more than Paul. Paul almost single-handedly spread Christianity all over the Roman Empire. He planted churches everywhere. He wrote about half of the New Testament. He lived with the purpose to please God. But do you know what Paul was doing before he became a preacher, a pastor, and a church planter? He was an anti-Christian crusader. He went from village to village persecuting Christians, having them thrown into prison. Paul was the exact opposite of someone you would think God could use.
Paul wrote Galatians 1:13 “For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.” And in 15 “But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased”. Yes, your past does not preclude your future. Your past is past. It does not disqualify you from being used by God. The same is true with the kinds of opportunities you have had or didn’t have. They don’t make you unqualified either. God chose you and called you, and he wants to use you today because of “His marvellous grace.” Hence the famous saying is proven that “God doesn’t call the qualified but He qualifies the one whom He called!”