When my wife and I first stepped foot in Greater Life Church over two years ago, we were in the midst of not having a church home. For months, we had bounced around from church to church, searching for a purpose. Nothing felt right. We wanted more than just attending church and filling a seat. That’s not to say our relationship with the Lord was weak – we just wanted (and needed) more. After driving past GLC countless times, we decided to attend a service – the impact was immediate. That day, Pastor Keith introduced himself and welcomed everyone as he always does, saying “God’s called you here on purpose for a purpose.” At the time, we weren’t sure what to make of that. It really made me us think. After praying and studying of the Bible, coupled with the powerful messages received weekly at GLC, we now know this statement to be truth. At GLC, the vision is to reach the lost, broken and hurting. We didn’t know it initially, but we have a purpose to help fulfill that goal. As a child of God, you too have a purpose. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 God made each of us to bring glory to Him and to share the good news about Jesus’ forgiveness of sin. While every Christian shares this common goal, we don’t all share the same talents, as noted by Pastor Andrew during his message this week – and that’s not a bad thing. The moment you asked Jesus into your life, God gave you a spiritual gift meant to draw people to Jesus. God distributes these spiritual gifts according to His wisdom. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:10-11 It’s our responsibility to learn what gifts God has given us, then to be faithful and find ways to serve others with the gifts God has given us. I encourage anyone who missed last week’s service to check out the video on the GLC Facebook page and listen to Pastor Andrew share his journey from a small town in PA to a leading role at GLC – all stemming from being faithful and acting on what God put on his and Jenny’s (his wife) heart. My wife has served in the church for about a year – however, one of the most impactful moments she had come when she was not on the service schedule. After a few minutes of casual conversation with a woman she had seen but didn’t know well, God put it on her heart to say, “I feel like you need a hug.” The two embraced in a long hug, after which this individual told my wife she had been seeking support and comfort for a long time and that was exactly what she needed. I share this story because it illustrates perfectly the impact even a small gesture can have in someone’s life. I too have shared moments with people at GLC – something I would not have done in the past (see last week’s blog: https://www.yourgreaterlife.net/2019/08/01/write-the-vision-the-power-of-serving/). Finding your purpose in anything other than the Lord will leave you unfulfilled – that’s not my opinion, that’s scripture. A great example of this came from one of the wisest kings ever to live, Solomon. “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). If you find yourself struggling to find your purpose, you’re not alone. The good news is that God has the answer – seek him! “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,” Matthew 6:33.