Potential & Purpose (12) Test It
Do you know your purpose yet?
Now that you've gotten some new news, go put it to work. Do you think that once Beyoncè learned how to shake her hips, she just sat down and started reading a book? C’mon! She started using it. You see where she is now, don’t you? She didn’t get there by reading a book and doing nothing. Use that gift. Put that training to work.
Look at what Jesus did with his disciples; in particularly let's look at Peter. The Bible says "as Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers; Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen" (Matthew 4:18). What happened here? After the disciples began to fellowship with Jesus, He taught them how to fulfill their purpose by using their gift. For example, Jesus taught the disciples to work with what they had. He was a carpenter, (Mark 6:3) a builder. You do not read in the Bible that the disciples ever left Jesus until the day of His death. You know why? Jesus supplied all their needs, and, He worked with what they had. Look at Peter further down the road. If you look carefully, you'll see the development of Peter. Look at the 16th chapter of the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Jesus is asking the disciples who they think he is and it is Peter, who says,
“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matt. 16:16)
In other words, “You are the Anointed One (Christ), the inheritance (Son) of the Live (living) Creator (God). Look how far Peter has come. Would you agree with me that Peter has perfected his gift? Would you also agree with me that Peter has now put his talent to the task? We see by the Book of Acts, Peter has taken on a leadership position and is demonstrating his authority (Acts 2:14-36, 38-40). Look at how he has grown? This is the same man who was a “fisher” (Matt. 4:18) when Jesus saw him three years ago. Look at how the three years of being under Jesus’ leadership has perfected Peter. Look at how boldly he says, “Ye are the Christ.” If you look further into the Book of Acts (Acts 3, 4, 5) you can see Peter’s development. I dare you to try it.
In order to fulfill your purpose for which God has created you, you must
- Recognize God: He created you.
- Trust Him: He will not leave you.
- Define It: Identify that gift from God.
- Write it down: Write, Write, Write. If He told Moses to write, why aren't you writing
- Develop It: Get some training...you're gonna need it!
- Test It: Now see if the training works.
- Build Relationships: Connect with others that are doing what you're doing.
We are called to be “fishers.” Are you ready to fulfill the purpose of God in your life? Good! Let’s go.
God bless you.
I love you, in Jesus’ Name!