One Really Important Question

“I was put on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now
so far behind I will never die.”

Ha! This quote, from an old Calvin and Hobbes comic strip resonates with me. Not so much the “never die” part, but the “far behind” part. Do you ever feel that way? You race through the day only to lay your head on the pillow and think, “Is something missing? Am I where I should be in life, or have I fallen behind?” I know I’m there sometimes.

But I love this quote mainly because of Calvin’s utmost confidence that there is a higher purpose for his life – a “certain number of things” he must do. The Apostle Paul seemed to demonstrate the same confidence when he wrote…

“We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Eph. 2:10

God has created each of us in Christ Jesus to do a certain number of things (in Calvin’s words), and those things are not identical from one person to the next. Sure, God desires that we all love Him and love others and so there will be some continuity, but think about it… God has designed YOU specifically – your temperament, your gifts (as well as your weaknesses), your circumstances in life, etc. – to live in such a way that honors Him and bears His image in this broken world!

So my question for you to contemplate on this Tuesday is simply this – What are the things God has designed you to do?

May we, Grace Fellowship, be like Jesus who sought the answer to what He ought to do in prayer.

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” – Mark 1:35

From there, Jesus was able to say no to the demands around him (v. 38) and do the Father’s will. Let’s seek to follow His example this week.

Grace and peace,


Matt Murphy
Lead Pastor