“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jer. 1:5

We sometimes strive to be people we aren’t—we like to think we’re suited for the stage, but the reality is, we’re more effective behind the scenes, or maybe we try our hand at the behind-the-scenes work, but only struggle because we were made to be performing on-stage.

This is because God has given every person unique abilities, passions, and experiences. We’re not the same as our parents, our siblings, our friends, or our co-workers—so we can’t expect to be the same, do the same, or bring passion to the same things. We are intelligently and lovingly designed by a creative God, and He has created every one of us for a different purpose.

So, why do we look to our left and covet the job of our neighbor? Why do we look to our right and allow our hearts to be filled with envy, seeing the success of a friend? Their purpose is not ours, so their path will inevitably look different—and that’s okay. When we become jealous, we can calm any growing resentment with this truth: God knew us before He formed us in our mother’s womb, and before we were born, He set us apart. 

Don’t be afraid of your purpose. Don’t resist the gifts you were given. And don’t covet another’s. Instead, trust the God who knows and will see His purposes come to pass. God created you to do something specific. Before you were a thought in your parents’ minds, He knew you. Before you were born into this world He already set you apart to accomplish something great!

Every one of us is designed to do something specific. You are on this Earth to accomplish a mission no one else can perform. Are you living out that dream? Or are you fighting against your calling, even though you know there is more?

God never calls you out unless He’s willing to help you get it done. He will give you every resource you need to accomplish the mandate He has given you on this earth! Trust Him. Now let’s get to work!

Prayer:  Father, thank You for my unique design. Thank You for trusting me to do Your work on this earth! Give me the courage and the confidence to step out in faith, and with boldness, in Jesus’ name.

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(Isaiah 62:6-65:25; Philippians 2:19-3:3; Psalm 73:1-28; Proverbs 24:13-14)


Have you ever worked alongside people whose approach to Christian service is one of selfless, exuberant joy? People like this are contagious in a good way — their love for Jesus and His desires overflows in everything they do. 


Timothy and Epaphroditus were these kind of people. In today’s reading, Paul commends both of these guys to the church in Philippi — and the superlatives keep coming. Words like “I have no one else like Timothy” and “He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier.” You can see why Paul didn’t have to worry about sending these men to help the church…. they were focused on what pleased the Lord, and were effective in what they did because of it.


Is this something you’d like to see in your life? I know I do in my own. I believe the secret is found a few verses earlier, in 2:1-18. It’s living a life in unity with the Spirit, following the obedient example of our Lord Jesus, selflessly and humbly serving others, knowing that God is the One working in us, giving us the desire and power to do what pleases Him.

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