The Jesus Code: “What do you want me to do?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 45 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9.6).

I love Hawkin’s opening to this chapter:

September 11, 2001, is a date like December 7, 1941— one that will live on in infamy. America was suddenly awakened to the reality that terrorism was not simply confined to the Middle East. Certainly, twenty-first-century terrorism is nothing new to that part of the world. One of the cruelest terrorist attacks of the first century took center stage in Acts, chapter 9. The man was en route from Jerusalem to Damascus, and his goal was clear: stamp out a Christian uprising there. In Acts 8 his terrorist cell, operating out of Jerusalem, had successfully eliminated Stephen, the first Christian martyr. The traveler was engaged in a systematic attempt to use intimidation and murder to crush this new and expanding church. This traveler— named Saul— was the master terrorist of his day, and like today’s terrorists, his evil acts were in the name of religion.

But something happened that transformed him. “Suddenly a light shone round him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ ” (Acts 9: 3– 5). The risen Christ revealed Himself to Saul who, “trembling and astonished,” asked, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” (v. 6).

God had a unique job for Saul, later Paul. He would eventually write over half of the New Testament and travel all over the Mediterranean area sharing the gospel, teaching, and planting churches.

Like Paul each of us is unique and God has a unique purpose for us, a job no one else is designed to do in quite the same way – a job that will bring us joy and satisfaction in the process.

Jeremiah 1.5 says that God knew us before we were even formed in the womb. None of us is an accident. He knew and, in fact, formed our unique DNA. He knew our gifts and talents and designed us with our unique purpose in mind. Hawkins:

If you are trying really hard at a task but not succeeding, maybe you aren’t doing exactly what God intended for you all along, what He fashioned and formed you to do. Find out what that purpose is, because in doing it will come satisfaction. Simply put, it will feel right.

Why not take some time and ask, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”

Blessings,
Donna

 

Next week’s question: “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16.30).

Last week’s question: “What shall we do?” (Acts 2.37). Read it here.

 

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15 thoughts on “The Jesus Code: “What do you want me to do?” + LINKUP

  1. Donna, this has been such a great series. I am always fascinated by the way that God led Paul on his missionary journeys, and in his journey of faith. Sensitivity to the Spirit was his way of life. Thanks, Donna, for your faithfulness here.

  2. Awesome post, Donna! As I have been linking up with you and following along as you share each chapter of this book, this is probably my favorite thus far because if our hearts are truly aligned with THE LORD’S. “What do YOU want me to do?” should be a question that we present to HIM daily. Each day that HE allows us to wake up means that HE has a purpose for our lives that day. So, everyday I long to do whatever it is that HIS heart is longing to see accomplished through my life. Thank you so much for sharing this, Love! GOD bless you, beautiful friend! 🙂

  3. I’ve been thinking so much lately about this very subject: purpose. When we realize we are doing what God wants us to do, we find so much more contentment in life. Even in the hard stuff, purpose makes a difference. Thanks for sharing this, Donna.

    • I was telling a counselee just last night that if we understand God’s purposes, we really can get through the hard stuff so much easier! I’m so glad you took the time to stop by this morning!

  4. I’ve been asking “what you want me to do” quite a bit lately. God’s most recent answer was “not everything.” I’m praying for Him to clear my path and give me a courage to let go of somethings, so that I can do the few things He truly wants me to focus on. Thank you for sharing today – just more confirmation of the direction I’m headed. Your neighbor at #testimonytuesday.

    • Me, too, Tiffany. I’ve been reading a great book called “Taming the To-Do List” that is helping me prioritize and be a better steward of the time He has given me. It’s not your average here’s-another-system book. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Blessings!

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