“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
I purchased a new 2014 calendar recently to hang on my office wall. After I removed the cellophane wrapping, I noticed some words printed on the stiff cardboard insert that kept the calendar from getting bent. I curiously pulled out the cardboard. The top of it read, “THANK YOU FOR PURCHASING THIS DAYSPRING® CALENDAR.”
Below this sentence were the words, “Here is a message written by DaySpring co-founder, Roy Lessin. We hope it will encourage you today.”
The thoughts that followed left me inspired:
you’re here not by chance,
but by God’s choosing.
His hand formed you
and made you
the person you are.
He compares you to no one else—
you are one of a kind.
You lack nothing
that his grace can’t give you.
He has allowed you to be here
at this time in history
to fulfill His special purpose
for this generation.
Lessin makes an excellent point: “You are one of a kind.” Like a snowflake or a finger print, no two of us are ever exactly alike. Just think of it: You are a unique individual whom God has created at this time and place for a special purpose.
This brings to mind what Queen Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, said to her. When she was in a position to save her own Jewish people from certain doom, Mordecai encouraged her saying, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14, New American Standard Bible, NASB) Wisely, she followed her uncle’s advice and interceded to save the Jews from destruction.
Like Esther, each one of us is specially created for this time and place to serve in a position of royalty with a view toward the future. “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…” (1 Peter 2:9, NASB).
You are God’s own royal possession, made in God’s own way, to shine forth His mercy, goodness, and glory in a dark, dreary world in desperate need of His marvelous light. As you make your plans, don’t forget the special purpose for which God has placed you at this time and place.
Ask yourself, “What does God want me to do for Him in 2014? What special gift has he given me that can best be used to shine for Him? How can I make the most of the time he has given me to serve Him, to worship Him, and to prepare for His coming Kingdom?”
If you are truly a believer in Christ, these questions can be answered honestly with full assurance through faith. For as you anticipate the coming of the King, you can look forward to be among one of His loyal and royal co-rulers.
Since you are one of a kind, you play a special role in your calling to be one of His “kings and priests” in His Kingdom (Revelation 1:6; 5:10). In addition, you can be encouraged for there is no better time than now to fulfill the special purpose for which God has created you.
Good News to You!