Purpose
by Patty Clark
Have you ever wondered, “What is my purpose here?” At times I have, until I remember that God works His purpose out through my life even when it doesn’t feel like it. In today’s passage, I am encouraged by Paul’s confidence in his purpose. He is at the end of his story, bringing home the point that Jesus has come and has fulfilled the Jewish Scriptures. (See Genesis 12 and Micah 5:2-3 for just a couple of those prophesies to which he’s referring.) His purpose is to share this message with “small and great.” This is the purpose for the Jewish leaders bringing murderous accusations against him. Without their accusations, he would not have the opportunity to testify before Gentile magistrates or to go to Rome. He knows that, and so gladly suffers chains in order to fulfill his purpose.

Paul also knows his purpose that particular day and is not sidetracked by Festus’ attempt to belittle Paul and make himself look good before Agrippa. Instead, Paul maintains his focus on Agrippa (remember, Paul already spoke to Festus in chapter 25). Paul knew the types of response to expect and was not disheartened by them. We shouldn’t be either. People will either think we’re crazy or will say they believe in God and even in parts of the Bible, but are not ready to trust in Christ as their personal Savior. As Paul, we can pray that all we share the gospel with will come to Christ, but we also must remember our purpose—to share the gospel, to stay with our purpose, even when it’s in the mundane everyday activities, and let God do the rest.

In the end, Festus and Agrippa still missed the point when they said that if Paul had not appealed to Caesar, he could have been set free. Paul knew his purpose and he did not want to be set free—his purpose was Rome. So, perhaps today I need to review again, Lord, what IS my purpose today, here, for YOU? Let me walk in Your way today.


Patty ClarkAbout Patty Clark
I am a native signer born to Deaf parents, married for over 40 years, mother of 3 grown children with 2 grandchildren all living out of state or country. I have been a Christian since I was 7. I work at UR as a teacher, interpreter and administrator.
Prayer of the Week
Lord of my daily service, help me to see challenges and adversity the way You do, as an opportunity to live as You want me to live.
Weekly Memory Verse
But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen.
-Acts 26:22
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Celebration
Make this a month of celebration. No matter what happened during the year, our God was actively pouring his grace into your life. Be a blessing: be joyful, be gracious, be full of the Spirit. Enjoy your family and friends, help the needy and desperate. Be ever mindful that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” As his disciples, we are ever tasked to imitate him and carry his good news to the ends of the earth. As Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the gospel always; when necessary, use words.”