“Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and
made.” (Isaiah 43:6–7)
The apostle Paul reinforced this grand purpose when he said, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
If you know and believe in your Greatest Fan, the one and only Savior God, your purpose here on earth is to give God glory, to point people to Him so that they can know Him too. Everything we do is meant to display the marvelous and amazing character of the Lord of all and to open eyes to the new life He graciously gives.
Yes, I said everything we do. Martin Luther taught that God is operating in our everyday activities. He said that His redeemed people can be “masks” for God—God working through human beings to effect His will. Our actions are vehicles of God’s love to others. In fact, Luther loved to think that the most common actions of people could very well contain some of the best secrets God has to offer, noble “jewels” that others consider ordinary and unimportant. God utilizes our ordinary lives to share His love, to show Himself through us. He gets tangled up in your life and uses you as an instrument of His work.
Sometimes that work is very challenging. Infiltrating nooks and crannies of difficulty, reaching into dark corners of pain, and serving the lonely and forgotten is not easy. Admission to those places is granted only by paying a high price. There is only one way to gain entry to a dialysis lab. Being God’s shining light in a nursing home comes with great sacrifice and struggle. Relating with total understanding to a person whose child ended his life happens only after traveling a dark and foreboding valley of death and grief.
You may think God has forgotten you. But He may be embracing you as a missionary to the most difficult places imaginable. Your calling—even the most difficult—may be a mask of God’s far-reaching love for people who would otherwise feel totally lost or be completely forgotten. No matter what circumstances fill your life,God’s amazing, important, significant, and eternal purpose for you still endures.
Excerpted from The Life You Crave: It's All About Grace by Michael Newman.