June 11, 2014

Is That All There Is?

Jeremiah 29:10-14

When David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep.
—Acts 13:36


Many years ago a popular song asked the question, “Is that all there is?” Is life no more than being born, living a few years here on earth only to face death? More recently, in a book titled Why Am I Here?, a Dutch theologian said he was sure that life on earth had no purpose and was no more than a random affair.

Thank God that life on earth is not a random affair and that each life serves a purpose! Thank God he has a plan for each one of us. Read Jeremiah 29:10-14, and be assured that God has a plan and purpose for you. In the words of our text, we are to serve God’s purpose in our time.

We must discern and discover God’s plan for us by seeking him with all our heart.

If you just graduated from high school or college, ask yourself, “What is God’s plan for my life? How can I serve his purpose for my generation? How can I use my gifts and talents to build his kingdom?”

If you are in the thick of life, busy with your job and family, ask yourself, “Is what I am doing today what God wants me to do? Am I glorifying God?”

And if you are retired, ask God to show you how he wants to use you to serve his purpose in your retirement.

God’s purpose for our lives is to glorify him, taking part in building his kingdom here on earth.

Father in heaven, show us the plan and purpose you have for us. Use us to build your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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