Power for Today

I Have Purpose

Deuteronomy 5 (NIV)

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart.” (Deuteronomy 6:5, NIV)

I have an adjustable “crescent” wrench that doesn’t work anymore. Frankly, I don’t know why I keep it around. The reason it doesn’t work is that someone once used it as a hammer--now my adjustable wrench doesn’t adjust!

Whether we know it or not, everything has a purpose. A crescent wrench has a special purpose; so does a hammer and a squirrel and a rose.

But what is the purpose of a person? Some people are used as if they were tools or toys or stepping stones. Others use themselves as if they were animals, living only to eat, drink, and enjoy.

When you use a wrench as a hammer, you ruin it. And when you use a person as an animal or a thing, you ruin a reflection of God.

The purpose of a person is to love God and serve him joyfully. And how can we learn to love God? By coming to know Him and by bowing to His will.

Our purpose is fulfilled when we live as children of the Eternal God. Each day the choice is ours: “hammer our heads” against false purposes--or open our hearts to “adjustments” of God!

Father, help us to know You personally and obey You faithfully so that we may fulfill our purpose by loving You with all our hearts. In Christ’s name. Amen.
- BILL E. HENEGAR, Westlake Village, California