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For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10

Do you yearn to live a life of significance? During a season of vocational and spiritual discontent, I silently prayed, “Surely there’s more to life than this…” A relentless restlessness resonated in my soul. Initially, I ignored my uneasiness, because I was comfortable with life as usual, but internally, I felt unfulfilled and empty. So I started asking God to help me discover a dynamic and thriving faith.

By divine design, God has integrated an insatiable desire for significance into our spiritual DNA. Often, we try to fulfill this yearning by prioritizing fame, fortune, or other temporal treasures and pleasures, which may appear to satiate us temporarily. However, the aching emptiness persists and reverberates in our souls.

Paul reminds us that God created us anew to live a life of selfless significance – a life of good works that God prepared in advance – a life that fully and faithfully shares and reflects Him. Paul, Luke, and others practiced occupations while prioritizing sharing the gospel in word and deed.

Are you seeking soul significance? I rediscovered soul significance while serving on a community outreach team. God challenged me to transcend cultural and occupational obligations and expectations and to faithfully share Him with the community. Whether you are a preacher, physician, poet, or plumber, God has redeemed you to experience a thriving and dynamic faith journey – a journey that reflects eternal significance and influence.

It is only when we fully realize our value and potential in Him and surrender to His direction and influence that the aching restlessness subsides and we begin to live with abiding joy and satisfaction.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for creating me anew in Christ Jesus. Help me to reevaluate my priorities and to discover and embrace the good works you have planned for me. Open opportunities for me to reflect my faith with those in my community. Enable me to experience a thriving and dynamic faith through selfless service. Amen.

By Allan Mitchell

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“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant… just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25 & 28

Do you ever prioritize other people’s needs above your own? Throughout my adolescent years, my parents often instilled in me the value of selflessness. Admittedly, despite their zealous efforts, my immature rebellious nature compelled me to believe that my desires were first priority. Today’s culture resonates a similar me-first-you-second attitude. Secular media relentlessly reinforces this mindset by indoctrinating us with enticing “me first” messages — cultivating an epidemic of narcissism and entitlement.

A common misconception among today’s believers is that God exists to serve us and to fulfill our every desire. Actually, when we decide to follow Christ, we inherit His counter-cultural mantle of servanthood. Scriptural servanthood, as modeled and asserted by Jesus, means giving life away and prioritizing His will above our own will. In opposition to today’s “me first” environment, following Jesus means purposely and prayerfully forfeiting personal plans and purposes in order to prioritize others needs.

Today, even as a mature believer, I still struggle to overcome selfishness. The enemy can exploit my propensity to prioritize self. To overcome self’s seductive appeal, I intentionally choose to set aside some time to prioritize the needs of society’s marginalized. Serving allows me to be the tangible hands and feet of Jesus in His absence. Giving myself away helped me discover the other side of “me” — the side redeemed for His glory — the side chosen for His purposes — the side that chooses to serve despite personal comfort, convenience, and cost.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for saving me to serve. Create in me a servant’s heart. Help me to step outside the comfort and confines of my church and to reflect and serve You in my community. Amen.

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For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
Romans 8:29

God created you in His image and designed an intricate plan for your life—a  plan to redeem, restore, and refine your character to reflect the character of His Son, Jesus. As you journey through your day, I invite you to reflect on my poem, “Tapestry.”

My life’s a woven tapestry, I so often fail to see,
The perfect weaving of the loom at work inside of me.
Every day, I look unfinished, and find it hard to understand,
My tapestry’s great splendor seeking all my Lord has planned.

In times of pain and suffering, when trust and pain collide,
I long to see the finished work, but I can only view the underside:
A tangled web of knots and threads, caught up in such a mess,
I know His work’s unfinished, and in His tender hands, I rest.
His needlework is perfect, in every stitch His love is told,
The crafting of His handiwork in priceless threads of gold.
I must trust the master weaver, who knows my life’s great plan.
So I’ll let Him sow his perfect will, though I may not understand.

My life’s a treasured tapestry that I shall walk in faith to see,
As I feel the nails as needles sow his tender love through me.
And when His work is finished on the topside may I see,
The perfect image of my Savior, on my life’s great tapestry.

You are a living tapestry—a masterpiece in progress—created to authentically reflect God’s image and glory.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to redeem me and for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Help me to realize I am a work in progress and to keep my eyes on Jesus. May His refining fire sanctify my soul and transform my character and heart to reflect Jesus. Amen.

Before you begin your busy day, ask yourself today, how can I become more like Jesus? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to become more like Jesus—to see the world and those around you through His eyes.

By Allan Mitchell

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