Our Purpose in Christ

fellow-workers-for-mutual-purpose-of-Christ“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Phil. 2:13 (NIV)

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This week as I continue to examine Biblical motivations to help us pursue Christ as Christian physicians, I find that one of my strongest motivators is a sense of purpose.

Today’s verse is one of several New Testament passages that reminds us that God has a purpose for our lives.

He didn’t just create us to worship Him.

He created us out of His love for us, and to help Him fulfill His overall purpose.

That should excite us as Christians.

I remember working in my basement building a workbench many years ago when my son was about 5 years old. He saw me working and wanted desperately to help me in my task. Initially, I put him off as many fathers do, but after hearing him insist he could help…I let him help pound a nail into a board. He was thrilled that he had been able to help his dad.

That reaction is neither accidental nor unique.

God has created each of us with an innate desire to come alongside Him to help Him complete His task.

Of course, God created the universe without any help, and could complete any task without our help.

But God has chosen to include us in His work, just as I included my son.

God has given each of us a unique purpose in His overall plan.

The fact that God has a unique purpose for each of us should help motivate us in our walk with Christ.

We should be excited to fulfill the purpose God has for us, recognizing that we are making a valuable contribution to His Kingdom.

That purpose may be in the practice of medicine, or it might be outside of medicine.

The way God uses us to fulfill His purpose may also change during our life. We may spend several years fulfilling His purpose in medicine, and then have God call us into a different field or a different setting to practice medicine.

Our role is simply to be open and follow His leading.

Today’s verse reminds us that He will work in us to will and to act according to that purpose.

Prayer: Lord, work in me to clearly mold my will and actions according to Your good purpose.

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