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Purpose and persistence

12 January 2021
‘My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus.’

There are two things you’ll need if you’re going to live life as well as possible: purpose and persistence. And if you ask Him, God will help you develop them. 1) Let’s look at purpose. Author Jack London wrote: ‘I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than that it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.’ To make a difference, you need to discover your God-given assignment, allow it to spark a fire inside you, and then totally commit to it. Paul did that. ‘My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.’ 2) Let’s look at persistence. In 1923, sprinter Eric Liddell was taking part in a quarter-mile race in Stoke-on-Trent. During the race, he tripped over the legs of another competitor and fell. By the time he’d got back up, all the other runners were well ahead of him, and he was unlikely to even come close to winning. Many of us would have given up at that point. But, determined, he carried on, overtaking the leader in the last few yards and winning the race. The following year he went on to become a gold medallist. His determination and refusal to give up are a great model of the purpose and persistence we need in life.

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This week, take a few minutes each day to ask God to help you live your best life with Him.

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