The Highest Purpose                

Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV®)         

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

There is no greater investment of a human life than serving God. I hear parents hoping that their children will have careers that pay well, but I do not hear many parents expressing a desire that their children will grow up to serve the Lord. There have been times in the history of the Church in this nation when parents aspired that their children would spend their lives and their strength in the service of the Lord. Certainly not everyone is called to full-time Christian ministry. But our highest purpose, whether we are a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker, is to serve the Lord with our lives in the midst of those callings.


Our attitudes about ministry are easily conveyed to those around us, even children. Do your words and actions convey positive messages about being called as a prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher?


Heavenly Father, whatever I do and wherever I go I choose to put You first. May I always seek Your ways above my own ways. I desire the help of Your Holy Spirit as I serve You in my home, at my job, and with my friends and family. Help me live my life honoring You and caring for Your people. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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