What then is my purpose?

Sunday, August 18, 2013 posted by: Sapier Lam

"But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, Why did you make me like this? Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?"

- Romans 9:20-21


So many of us have asked this question to ourselves and may have even shouted it out to the heavens above. "What am I made for? What is my purpose? Why am I here?"

Have you ever opened the insides of a watch? You will find in there a very complex thing. You will see many small items and details that make up the watch. On the outside of it you will see something very simple compared to what you find on the inside. What we see on the outside is very obvious to us what it is designed for and that is, to tell time.

What does that tell us about you and me?

Like a watch that has a craftsman who made the watch, we too have a creator that has designed and created us for a very specific role and purpose. Our creator, our God, designed us small or big to do something very specific. Your role may be the spinning wheel that keeps the clock ticking. Your role may be the component that helps the wheel spin. Your role may be the outside protection that keeps all the inside pieces together. Whatever your role, you were needed to complete this perfect picture, design and PURPOSE, that God already planned long ago to fulfill his desire for it. The Creator can see the outside picture and knows clearly our purpose.

Can the inside details of the watch know what it was designed for? Can it see that on the outside there is a much bigger picture there? Maybe the answer for you is no. Maybe you are the wheel that spins and you ask yourself I'm just a wheel. Why am I here? What is my purpose?

Dearly Beloved, God wears this watch ever closely to his heart and knows fully well the design of the wheel, what it's for and why it is needed to make this watch run. You are wanted. You are intentional in his design. You have a purpose. You are his perfect design for a very specific reason.

I encourage you to seek God whenever you feel like you doubt yourself and the role in where you are. I encourage you when you feel inadequate, to invite God into your heart, lay it all at his feet, and surrender your feelings of doubt to him, and let him whisper words of confirmation to you, whose you are, your purpose, his perfect plan for you, the beauty of that outside picture and what it all looks like when it comes together.

I'm a huge movie fan, and one that made a great impression on me and helped me to understand more about this "watch" was the movie Hugo. Here are two quotes from the movie that I really liked.

"I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any
extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I
figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I
had to be here for some reason...and that means you have to be here for some
reason too."

"Did you ever notice that all machines are made for some reason? They are built to make you laugh, like the mouse here, or to tell the time, like clocks, or to fill you with wonder, like the automaton. Maybe that's why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn't able to do what it was meant to do. Maybe it's the same with people, if you lose your purpose.. it's like you're broken."

- Hugo

The good news is we have a maker, our craftsman, God. He can heal our brokenness, he can renew our purpose. He can put "life" into what was once dead. Life is found in Him, the maker and creator of all things.

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  • Super User

    What beautiful words the Lord but on your heart to share. May he bless you and continue to use u for His Glory. - Dalia

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