Did you know that we are a lot like ships?
There are countless types of ships and each one serves a purpose.
Each ship is uniquely different and individually crafted
for its particular use.
The Bible says in Ephesians 2
that we are HIS workmanship created in Christ for good works
which God prepared for us before we were even born.
That tells us that we have been individually created/crafted by the very hand of God
for a particular purpose.
How wonderful it is to know that just as a shipbuilder begins building a ship
with a particular purpose in mind,
our Heavenly Father has hand crafted each of our lives
with a distinct purpose and calling in mind.
Once the ship is complete, it is ready to set sail!
What does this mean for us?
How can we know our purpose??
We look to HIS infallible Word!
In the book of Isaiah, chapter 43 the Lord tells us that
our purpose is to glorify HIM…
…Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.
Psalm 96 tells us to
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
What does this look like in our lives?
Romans 12, chapter 4
tells us this…
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
We each have different talents and abilities to be used in the service of the Lord.
It won’t always be easy, there will be storms to face
and an enemy to fight…
but if we truly love our Lord and Savior, we’ll never
be satisfied sitting safely in the harbor
because though a ship in the harbor is safe,
that is not what ships are built for.
Are you safe or sailing?
This is dedicated to a wonderful Pastor, Mentor and Friend who truly
showed everyone that knew him well
it looked like to “sail” for the Glory of God!
In the 5 years that I’ve known him, he has taught me a lifetime
through his sermons and by the conduct of his life.
He sailed to his final destination last week
and his feet hit the shores of home!
May each of us be found “sailing on” for the Glory of our Father
till the day we meet him there.