If you were to take a step back and consider all that you’ve accomplished, what would be your defining achievement? Maybe it would be the successful business, or perhaps that dream car. Though these things are not necessarily bad, they matter far less to God. The assignment God has for our lives should be our primary focus. That doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things or work toward certain goals, but it does mean that if it comes down to it, those things become secondary.
When you dedicate your life to serving God and loving others, you’ll find that death isn’t frightening; it’s just the next leg of the journey! We see a perfect example of this in the life of the Apostle Paul, who saw life as a race to finish, a battle to be won, and an assignment to be completed. Paul constantly faced trials; he was imprisoned, beaten, and persecuted for his faith, but his faith remained strong. He trusted God’s will, and believed that because God saw every choice he made, the temporary trials he faced here would pale in comparison to the reward God had for him in eternity. Paul’s trials remind us that God’s will for our lives won’t always be easy or comfortable, but it will be worth it!
Many people assume that if you have problems, it means you’re doing something wrong; it can be quite the opposite… Sometimes, challenges come because you ARE in God’s will. Don’t let the trials in your life discourage you. Instead, focus on fulfilling your assignment, knowing that the reward is waiting for you on the other side. In the end, God’s Word is the only thing that will last, and our lives will not be measured by our degrees, awards, bank accounts or even others’ opinions, but by who and what God has assigned for us to be and do.
So, my prayer for you today is that you continue to press toward becoming all that God has created you to be and doing all that He has assigned to your hands.
Dr. Derek Grier
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