I believe this brief excerpt and the questions below from Francis Chan’s book, “Forgotten God”, force us to think long and hard about our purpose for living, why God has placed us where we live…
“It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But it’s absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call there to settle in and live out your life in comfort and superficial peace. His purposes are not random or arbitrary. If you are still alive on this planet, it’s because he has something for you to do. He placed us on this earth for purposes that he orchestrated long before we were born (Ephesians 2:8-10) Do you believe you exist not for your own pleasure but to help people know the love of Jesus and to come fully alive in him? If so, then that will shape how you live your life in the place where you are.” (90-91)
Do I really believe I exist not for my own pleasure but to help people know the love of Jesus and to come fully alive in him?
Do I really believe I don't need to go all the way to China in order to boldly share the Gospel?
Do I really believe God has placed me here, in Hollister, in this neighborhood, in this church, to help people know the love of Jesus and to come fully alive in him? That I can boldly share Christ and His love with
my neighbor across the street,
with the other moms from school,
with the new family sitting across from me at church?
Lord, help me to live, not for my own pleasures, not for my own comfort, but really live in such a way that others see you and know you!