God Has A Purpose For Your Life
The season of Advent can be such a fruitful season if you truly prepare your heart in the right ways. It's a beautiful season for extra devotions, whilst we await the coming of the Lord. It's about seeking the voice of God that speaks purpose into our lives; that His Kingdom come and His Will be done.
The truth is: you are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. You are not an accident. You are skilfully and lovingly made, to be equipped with purpose. If God woke you up today, He is not finished with you.
The Lord has chosen you by name to fulfil purpose. He's not here to brush you up, but rather Jesus is here to transform your life in more ways than you can think.
“Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire.” - St Catherine of Sienna
In the same way, God had a divine purpose for Mary, He has a divine purpose for you. In the same way, he chose and entrusted her with great plans, so are the great plans He entrusts you with. When you allow God to reveal what He created you to do, be confident that He will equip you with the right tools needed to fulfil it. In the same way, Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God will strengthen you to carry out the task that awaits.
“The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.” — Luke 1:30
When was the last time you asked God to put favour on your life? God used Mary as a vessel for His greatest miracle. Imagine the miracles He could do through you!
As the first-ever disciple, Mary was the first person to say yes to Jesus. Mary knew that, as a result, she would likely be stoned to death, yet she was willing to take the risk putting her trust in God. Following Christ involves risking our security and walking by faith, not sight. Yet, at that moment her faith was tested and in that moment of surrender, she chose faithfulness. For God can do immeasurably more than you can imagine, even in the midst of your impossible circumstance.
“Then Mary said: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word." And the Angel departed from her.” — Luke 1:38
Are we ready to collaborate with God? Are we ready for the new things He has planned for our lives? Are we ready to serve? To be the handmaid of the Lord is to be a servant of the Lord: to serve God and those around us. It’s an act of submission to His ways and His will.
In those moments, we need to harden not our hearts. When God places His own desires on our hearts, He shapes and moulds our hearts to be more like His. As pilgrims, we are called on a journey of renewal and revival, as we strive to be saints and live out holy moments.
Every time we celebrate Mass, we become like Mary as we physically allow Christ to manifest internally within us, as we eat His Body & drink His Blood. Our bodies become living tabernacles where God dwells. Once again we become like Mary, who carried Christ in her womb, as we receive Jesus in Communion. We treasure Him in our hearts, for He is the Living Bread which came down from heaven and is now the source of our spiritual nourishment for the upcoming battles we face.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!”— Luke 1:45
When you step into purpose and say yes to God, the outcome is greater than you can possibly imagine. But first, you have to believe it to receive it. If God has appointed you to move forward, He will provide whatever you need to accomplish your God-sized assignment. If there is a will there is a way. You have to remove any seed of doubt or insecurity that will end up dictating the course of your life. For when you do fulfil the task of your labour, be sure that you will receive a share of the harvest.
When we become poor in Spirit, like Mary, we allow ourselves to be open to the Holy Spirit; allowing the Spirit to lead us. Relying on God is not a sign of weakness, rather it’s the opposite for it takes courage and strength to say: Lord I surrender to you, let it be your will and not mine.
If God has placed something on your heart that you know you keep putting off because the task seems too complicated or out of your comfort zone, maybe Advent is the perfect opportunity to plan and prepare yourself for the mission God has for you. You might not know how it will eventually plan out, but God is faithful and promises to never leave what He started in you incomplete...
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