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Session 3

I will give you purpose

Read: Ephesians 2:1-10, Philippians 2:12-13

Not only has God saved us and freed us, He has promised to do something significant through us. God has not just saved us from something, but He has saved us for something. 

When we submit ourselves to God, He frees us from the grip of sin and wrong thinking and reveals His purpose for us. Every Christian shares the same general purpose: to love God and honor Him. But how each of us fulfills that purpose will look different. There is something specific God planned for each of us to do from the beginning of time. 

Jesus is the best example of this. Jesus lived to bring glory to God (John 6:37-39). But God’s plan all along was to allow Jesus to die for our sins so we could be made right with Him. 

Paying the penalty for our sin was something only Jesus could do. Sin requires a perfect sacrifice. So to free us from sin once and for all would require the ultimate, perfect sacrifice (Romans 6:23). Being fully human and fully God, Jesus was the only perfect person to ever walk the Earth and the only person who could have fulfilled God’s plan to restore our relationship with Him. 

Just as Jesus was the only one who could fulfill His calling, we also have a specific role in God’s plan. We are "God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). 

We’ll never fulfill our purpose if we’re constantly comparing ourselves to our neighbors. Like runners in a race, we will lose focus and veer off course if we’re worried about what’s happening in the next lane. 

We don’t have to worry about what anyone else is doing or strive to do something significant with our lives. God is the Master, and we are His masterpiece. He’s already created and equipped us for every work He prepared in advance for us to do. 


Thank you for redeeming me for a purpose. Show me the works you’ve prepared in advance for me, and the race you’ve called me to run. Help me see the ways you masterfully created me to bring you glory. 


What has God called you to do with your life? These two questions can help reveal what your calling might be:

  • What burdens you or keeps you up at night?
  • What opportunities do you have right now to make a difference in that area?

Burden + Opportunity = Calling 

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