Check in every Monday for a new devotional from one of our pastors from around the globe – this month we have the honour of hearing from Same & Jess Picken from C3 Toronto. Read Sam’s devotional on #purpose for this week:
1 Corinthians 9:16 “Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News!”
A huge struggle we have with PURPOSE is knowing “What am I meant to do?”. I find most people want to please God and live out their purpose, but knowing whether the next move we’re thinking is the right one can be paralyzing. But if we remain in indecision for too long, that itself becomes a bad decision. Kingdom vision compels us. In this verse Paul reveals that his purpose became so strong that little decision making is actually required. He is COMPELLED by the cause of eternity. I believe God wants us living with this level of passion for the local church and for the kingdom of God. Remember that everything you have and everything you do is for this cause. Living for God and spreading the gospel is the greatest, most compelling purpose anyone can live for.
Lars & Megan Halvorsen are the senior pastors of C3 Darwin, and are checking in this week with a devotional for you! Read Lars’ devotional below:
Psalm 145:18 God’s there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it.
Our two daughters, aged 5 and 3 are at a stage where they are always competing for my attention. They will do the craziest things to gain my focus. Anything from pulling a funny face or inventing a new dance move, to creating an artistic masterpiece or even feigning an illness. Whatever it takes to get Daddy to look!
This scripture shows us we have a Father in heaven whose attention needs not be competed for. We do not need to perform a clever trick or call incessantly for him to “watch me!”, He is already leaning in and listening for the prayer of His child. Think about it: the King of the universe is seated on His throne, and yet right now He is inclined toward you anticipating your heartfelt prayer. Your prayer at any moment is eagerly awaited. May knowing this to be true inspire you to pray more often, more naturally and more like a child who has their father’s undivided attention.