Purpose Surrendered- Saul of Tarsus and the Power of Change

Genesis 1:26 says “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” When God created us he made us in his image. In the same way our children share our characteristics we share the characteristics of God. In the same way a mirror reflects our likeness we are made to reflect the glory of God. When God created each of us it was with a purpose. Creating and

designing something isn’t just slapping random things together and calling it good enough. Design is precise, intentional and for a purpose. The gifts we’re given aren’t gifts that can only be used exclusively for righteous or good purposes. Even when we don’t live our lives surrendered to God we still possess the purpose he created us for as well as the gifts he gave us to live out that purpose.

Think of it this way, a hammer is a hammer no matter who’s hands it’s in. In the hands of a toddler it can be a dangerous weapon destroying walls and coffee tables and yet in the hands of a master builder it can create homes, businesses and help others dreams become reality. We instinctively use our gifts however we can for whatever purpose we value most. I’ve often looked at highly influential and successful individuals in business, entertainment or politics and thought to myself, “I wonder what they could accomplish if they were serving God.” As human beings it can be easy for us to assign motives and morality to the actions of others. We judge how others are using their gifts and talents, often harshly. I wonder if God looks at each of us and sees only our potential. I wonder if he views us not through the lens of what we are doing with the gifts he’s given us but what we could do with them. When we are living lives that are based on pleasing ourselves and we don’t surrender our gifts, talents and purpose to God we often use our gifts carelessly like a hammer in the hands of a toddler and, get equally disastrous results. I’ve heard many stories of people that have changed the direction of their lives