Most of us want to live a life on purpose. Yet, many of us wish it were easier to do! To live on purpose, I have to be willing to set my own agenda aside and to follow His agenda. To live a life of purpose, I have to place the needs of others before my own and I have to be willing to see that God’s plan is always going to be far better than mine. No matter what may come my way, He can be trusted. God will use the brightest, and darkest, seasons of my life to ultimately show me His plan, just like He did with Paul and the early Church.
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. Acts 16:30b-32
The more you spiritually invest in others, the more likely you are to understand your purpose.
So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers. Acts 16:5
God can, and will, re-direct your path, because He is the author of your story.
When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. Acts 16:7
God wastes no circumstances!
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Acts 16:22-23
What could happen in your life if your immediate response to adversity was praise?
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25
Are your eyes fixed on Jesus, or something else?
Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. Acts 16:26