What Is Your Purpose?

Posted on: 7-15-112016

Recently I heard a story about John D. Rockefeller Sr.  By the age of 53, he had amassed a fortune of over a billion dollars.  In today’s economy, this amount would equate to roughly $336 billion, which would make him the richest man to ever live.  Despite his vast wealth, Rockefeller suffered with a stomach disorder which allowed him to only eat crackers and deprived him of the ability to sleep much at night.  He had the best doctors money could buy and they could do nothing to help him.  He was told that he would not live past age 54.  Rockefeller decided that he would start giving his money away since he couldn’t take it with him when he died.  He did a number of wonderful things with his money, including building universities, investing in the Rockefeller Foundation which did medical research and was instrumental in the discovery of penicillin, and donating to various churches to help the needy.  During this time, Rockefeller also became a Christian and started seeking to please God over anyone else.  Doctors were astounded when he suddenly started eating and sleeping.  They couldn’t explain this change in Rockefeller’s condition.  Not only did Rockefeller live to see 54, he lived to see his 97th birthday.  For the remainder of his life, Rockefeller continued to live a life of serving God first and a life of giving to others.  Doctors may not be able to explain what happened to Rockefeller, but God can!  God had very specific plans for him and those plans didn’t include his death at age 54.  God had work for Rockefeller to accomplish.  He had a divine purpose for him.  God has specific plans and a divine purpose for each and every one of us, too.  We may not have a fraction of Rockefeller’s wealth, but God still has works for us to accomplish.  We may not live to the age of 97, but God has things for us to accomplish until our last breath.  We may not be able to play a part in discovering something as significant as penicillin, but in God’s eyes, our work is every bit as important as Rockefeller’s has been.  What is your purpose?  What is God calling you to do?  Spend some time with Him and see what He has to say.  Seek Him and He will show you the way.  He has equipped you and He will help you every step of the way.


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