This is the free student devotional for Purpose, Session 1: Working with Purpose.
Have you ever wondered if God would love you if He knew the real you? Revel in the thought that He already does. Even in your darkest moments, God knows you, loves you, and calls you to something more. Thank Him for that.
Think about the last time you felt discouraged, inadequate, or simply not enough. What words would you use to describe that time? What happened to make you feel that way? Journal about it.
In a world where someone’s worth is often determined by beauty, popularity, talent, or status, it’s easy to believe that you are worthless or that your life has no real purpose. But that’s not the truth. Read Jeremiah 1:4-5 in your Bible.
“I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” —Jeremiah 1:5
God created you on purpose and for a purpose. Knowing this, you should live with courage and boldness.
Behind the Story
Jeremiah was a prophet from Anathoth, a town four miles north of Jerusalem. He was active under the last five kings of Judah and prophesied to the people of the southern kingdom from about 627-586 B.C. Jeremiah called the people to repent of their sin, but his warnings went unheeded.
Before Jeremiah was even born, God knew him. And God had a plan. The same is true for you. Before you were born, God knew the plan and purpose for your life. You are no accident. Verse 5 says that Jeremiah was set apart for God’s service. While you probably aren’t a prophet, God calls all believers to be set apart in the way that we live and in our service to Him. If you are a Christian, He has set you apart to live a holy life that looks different from the world’s way of life and to do His work on earth daily.
God knows why He created you, who you are deep inside, and how He wants to use you in His work. Take a moment to evaluate your life to see if you’re living out this aspect of God’s character.
• Is serving God a signifi cant part of my life or do I just talk about it? Am I pursuing a holy life? Does my life look any different from the world’s way of life?
• Would my friends and acquaintances say that I’m someone who is dedicated to serving God—in big ways, but also in my daily decisions?
• If someone only had my life to help them understand the gospel, would the way I live my daily life, treat others, and serve God shed any light on Christ?
For further study, read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
Set Psalm 139:7-10 to a familiar tune. Sing the verses several times throughout the day to help you commit them to memory.
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