Born for this

One of the many benefits of being born in the hills of Eastern Kentucky was the seclusion I experienced from much of the pressures of the world.  I remember being able to dream about what I would be when I grew up.  I did not have the pressure of others telling me what I should do with my life.

Some of my fondest memories are those days when I would pretent to be one of the officers from 1 Adam Twelve or one of the fireman on Emergency. From time to time I would be a great sports star based upon what sport was being played.  It was a great childhood life, but deep inside I always knew I was born for something else.

I can still remember those days when I would play in our basement and would pretent to be a preacher like Billy Graham or a upbeat evangelist who preached like a man of another color.  Certainly you have your memories of the dreams you had for your life as well.

The question I have for you this morning is this, “What were you born to do?”  In every person’s life there will come a defining moment when you will decide, “This is what I am going to do with my life.”  However many if not most end up doing things they really are not fulfilled.

Today’s bible reading is the book of Esther.  Esther was one of offspring of one of many families who were carried off to Babylon during the seventy years of captivity.  By the time you arrive at chapter four this young lady has been favored by God to become queen. However her purpose was not to live in luxury.  Her purpose would be to stand up for her people as Satan would try to wipe out the Jewish people.  Here are the words of her uncle concerning her, “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this,” 4:14.

Two significant things stand out.  First, she was not to remain silent.  Question, “How long has it been since you spoke about what you were born for?”  Maybe you respond, “Its over, that’s in the past.”  Not so my friend, God still has His purpose in mind for you.  Speak out in prayer to God, confess your failure to walk in His plan and then seek His direction for the rest of your life.  Second, she was to awaken to God’s purpose in her life.  Esther would awaken and step out and experience a great miracle.  You and I must step out in faith to accomplish what God has birthed us to do in His kingdom.

I can still see myself preaching in that basement. I used to think I could never really do this in real life. I praise God that He did not listen to my thoughts and I praise God that it was not in my power but in His that I was and am able to proclaim His word.  I know I am doing what I was born to do.

I leave you with the word of the Lord, “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel,” Acts 9:15

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