This morning I was watching a TED talk by Pastor Rick Warren. He spoke about the purpose of our lives. “What were we born to do?” This is a question that can get the best of many of us because we want to earn good money, we desire a fulfilling career, and we want to have a decent retirement. However, we’re not quite sure how to do that and be happy? We may have great jobs but are you fulfilled?
When we do what we are designed to do, there is a sense of “fulfillment” that comes with it. God created us unique and different. We are composed of natural capabilities and talents. Some people may be skilled in accounting and finances. Others may be good teachers, good keepers of the home, good volunteers in the community, etc. Whatever we have that comes from within may more than likely be what we were created to do.
Some people like to write and are good with verbal expression and written communication. Some people are natural-born leaders who can encourage those around them to do great things. Pastor Warren used the story of Moses to convey the message of “what is in your hand?” When Moses stood in front of the burning bush he had a staff with him. God asked him, “what is in your hand?” He replied “staff.”
"And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.” Exodus 4:2 KJV
God told him to throw it down and it turned into a snake. Next, God told him to pick it back up again. All the wonders that Moses performed with the staff were attributed to miracles that God did to free the children of Israel from slavery. This became so simple and brilliant to me, that I had to share it.
Whenever we find ourselves getting caught up in the hustle of life and not feeling like we are living in our purpose, we can ask ourselves, “are we using what is in our hand?” Are we doing our work for the glory of the Lord? Pastor Warren also discussed influence and leadership. Influence and leadership are responsibilities given to the person, not to lord over others, but to be an example of good stewardship.
I hope these words have encouraged you today. I have been encouraged too. Today is always a good day to step out, get involved, help others and use whatever you have in your hand. It cost Moses nothing, the staff was given to him by Pharoah. Later on, that same staff that his new enemy gave would soon become the greatest tool to accomplish his greatest work as a shepherd.
Until next time,