He Served God’s purpose and died

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I love the story of King David. I found this awesome summary of his life many years ago and made me love him even more. It read, “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed” (Acts 13:36). This is one of my favorite verse in the Bible. In fact, I want to make it my life verse and my life mission statement. There are many things that we can accomplish in life, but unless we fulfill the purpose in which God created us, we haven’t accomplished much. I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone and I can do so much with it. I can text, email, surf the net, watch Netflix, and play games. However, even if it can do all these things and more, but if it cannot make phone calls, it cannot be called a “smart-phone.” It can be called a smart-pad, smart-device, or smart-minicomputer, but it cannot be called a smart-phone. The primary purpose of a smartphone is to make phone calls. Similarly, we can do many things in life as Christians, but unless we do what Christ called us to do, we cannot call ourselves Christians. Didn’t Jesus himself say that his life purpose was to do the will of the Father who sent him and to accomplish His work? (Jn.5:34). Didn’t Jesus finish his mission and declare on the cross, “It is finished?” (Jn.19:30) Furthermore, David serving God’s purpose “in his own generation” implies that we all have different calling, task, or mission in life. I love the summary of David’s life basically because of this reason. It could be even his epitaph on his tombstone. Thus, out of many things that can be written about me, I would like to have these words written on my tombstone. “He served God’s purpose and died.”

 

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