What Could God Possibly Do For Me

What Could God Possibly Do For Me

I’m Doing Great Thanks

Alcoholics and drug addicts, they need God, sure.

People with terminal diseases, of course.

Folks who just can’t get their act together otherwise? Absolutely!

But you? Not so much.

Watch these stories of people, in their own words and with their own voices, who felt that they too had it all together but were still willing to search for the missing ingredients that might make their “together” lives even better.

If that describes you, why not take a few minutes to listen to what they have to share? You might be surprised by what you find. 

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Am I The Person I Really Want To Be?

Your Identity and God

I’m doing great but sometimes I wonder, “Am I the person I really want to be?”

We all start out in life with dreams and ambitions. They may change as we grow older, but we still long to be someone. Someone good. Someone great. And every once in a while, even if we’ve achieved great things and gained the respect and admiration of many, we want more. We may not even be sure what that “more” is, but we’re hungry for it nonetheless.

In fact, for some of us, the more successful we become, the more we struggle to stay in touch with who we really are and somehow connect that to who we long to be. As George Herbert once said, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” The problem is, we’re not very well equipped to do that apart from God.

A relationship with God can have a deep and far-reaching effect on your life. Apart from God, we all struggle to one degree or another to fully comprehend and develop a sense of who we really are. But a relationship with God will strengthen and deepen your sense of who you really are, because only by his presence and work in your life can you fulfill your true identity.

Your identity was established by God’s creative power; you are a priceless human being, made in God’s image. You were created as a spiritual being, intended to live in relationship with God.

In addition, there is a second aspect to the identity a relationship with God will fulfill in you. By sending his Son to die for you, God revealed that you—even in your sin—were a priceless soul, who is literally worth Jesus to him. When Jesus submitted himself to death on a cross, he revealed that you—even in your sin—were worth more to him than his own life! In other words, your identity was not only established by God’s creative power; it was emphasized by God’s redemptive power, showing that you are a priceless human being made in God’s image and a precious soul for whom Christ died.

It’s true. It’s never too late to be who you might have been. And you can do that right now by simply getting to know God through his Son, Jesus Christ. You have nothing to lose, and a much stronger sense of identity to gain.

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Is This All There Is?

Finding More To Life

I’m doing great but sometimes I wonder, “Is this all there is?”

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. Days, weeks, months, even years, can zip right on by you when things are going great. But, no matter how much fun you’re having, no matter how great life is treating you at the moment, every once in a while you probably wonder if you’re missing out and just don’t know it yet. Sometimes you may even ask yourself: Is this all there is?

If you have asked that question, you know the answer already. You know that as good as life may be, it’s missing something, or you wouldn’t ask the question. Deep down inside, you know there’s more— much more—to life than your career, income, possessions, or what other people think about you. You know there’s a level of satisfaction you haven’t yet experienced.

Maybe it’s going to sound trite, but here’s what’s missing: a sense of purpose, a sense that you’re contributing to something important, something that is bigger than you, greater than this life, more than just living and working and achieving and having fun.

God planted within you the desire to live a meaningful, purposeful, abundant life, and he alone can satisfy that desire. He created you to live for a purpose much greater than yourself. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment. It’s far greater than your own happiness. Even your own peace of mind. You were made by God, and you were made for God, and you were put here for a purpose. And until you understand that, and begin living that, life just isn’t going to make a whole lot of sense.

The Bible says, “Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding” (Proverbs 9:10, TLB). You’re not going to learn your purpose from some talk show. You’re not going to learn it in a séance. You’re not going to learn it reading tea leaves. You’re not going to learn it from a seminar. The only way you’re going to learn the meaning of life and your purpose in life is to get to know God.

So, what is that purpose? The Bible says, “Long before He laid down the earth’s foundation, He had us in His mind and settled on us as the focus of His love to be made whole and holy by His love”(Ephesians 1:4, The Message). He settled on us as the focus of his love. He settled on you as the focus of his love. You were created to be loved by God.

God is love, and he wanted to create something to love, so he created you. He didn’t need you. He wasn’t lonely. But he wanted you. And he made you in order to love you. A relationship with God through Jesus Christ will infuse your life with purpose, as you begin living for a calling and purpose higher—much higher—than yourself. The purpose God had in mind when he created you.

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There Is More To Your Life

I’m doing great but sometimes I wonder, “What’s going to become of me?”

We just can’t help it. Part of the human condition is a drive to live, to go on living, to live forever. Despite some people’s contrary opinions—whether scientific, philosophical, or political—we all long for a destiny beyond this life. As far as we know, the human animal is unique among all other life forms on earth in that respect. Dolphins, smart and adorable as they are, probably don’t spend a lot of time wondering whether they will outlive their short time here on earth. Despite animators’ and poets’ depictions, lions and tigers don’t seem to long for the transcendent or the eternal. Even apes, which Darwin supposed to be our closest ancestors, don’t seem to possess a sense of destiny.

But you’re different, and you know it. When you die, your heart is going to stop, you’re going to stop breathing, and your brain will stop functioning. That will be the end of your body, but that will not be the end of you. You’re far more than a body. The Bible says that you are “spirit and soul and body” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NLT). You were made to last forever. You were made, not for this life alone, but also for the next life.

One of the best ways to waste your life is to think that this—the here and now—is all there is. You’re going to spend far more time on the other side of death than you do on this side. On this side of death, you may enjoy seventy or eighty years of life, if all goes well. But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of time—actually a TIMELESS amount of “time”—you’ll be spending on the OTHER side of death.

Obviously, the time to plan to plan for the next life is in this life. Sure, you can plan to wait until your final hours to pack for that trip—as long as you know exactly when you’re going to die. But you don’t know that, do you? Of course not; none of us do. But it’s a wise man or woman who gives thought to the next life, because “no man knows when his hour will come” (Ecclesiastes 9:12, NIV).

To the person who enjoys a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, the Bible says, “When this tent we live in—our body here on earth—is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made, which will last forever” (2 Corinthians 5:1, TEV).

That’s not “pie in the sky.” That’s not just a promise of heaven when you die. It’s also a very real, very present destiny that can change how you live your life now, day by day, because a relationship with God through Jesus Christ can give you such a sense of destiny that it can color everything else you do in this life. You’ll still have bills to pay and problems to work through. You’ll still have setbacks and disappointments, but you’ll have a different perspective through it all, knowing that “what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory [God] will give us later” (Romans 8:18).

You can gain that new perspective, that strong sense of destiny, right now. That’s what a relationship with God through Jesus Christ can do for you.

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