tuesday mornings…prayers of purpose

It is easy to become confused about one’s identity and purpose in a society that ‘makes’ instant heroes with one stroke of the media brush. Or where motive is least understood and most blasted in an outcome-driven world.

Eph 2:8-10  God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

God invites us to be part of his mission of redemption. If you read the whole of Eph. 2, it is clear that this mission unites us to those a around us, all those around us, as ones in need of his mercy. Our words, our deeds our attitudes are influenced by his desire to save each of us from the perils of sin. In participating, we bring glory to his name, and highlight his love and mercy. That’s a lot of purpose for one girl… But it’s fulfillment takes ongoing dialogue with a Savior, to know how God wants us to go about His task.

Today, God, will you give us your eyes to see even one person in our sphere of reach, and will you fill us by your Spirit, with your love for that one. Help me to let go of the ever present fears for my own foundation of hope and reputation, and rest in your being HERE, enough to reach OUT to someone else in need. Allow me to be a conduit of your goodness, in a way that lets another see, not me…, but you.

At the same time, will you rearrange my view of the world, so that I see people through your eyes. and that my decisions reflect the same.

Amen

jlf/2015

1 “Ephesians 2 (New Living Translation).” Blue Letter Bible. Sowing Circle. Web. 17 Feb, 2015. <http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Eph&c=2&p=1&rl=0&t=NLT&gt;.

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