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Q366: Stop Doing

What would Jesus ask you today?

"If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?" - Genesis 4:6.

There are activities that are good and noble, but they are not right for you. You have a purpose and gifts, and those define what you should do and what you should not do. As you enter a new year, this is a good time to reflect on your world and where you are investing yourself. What do you need to stop doing in the coming year? What do you need to do more of? Where should you spend your time so that your return on investment is at the max? Read Acts 6:1-7 and see that the apostles had to say 'no' to important work, but the results were that more people were involved and the church grew.  Now go apply the same principle to your own life's work.

This represents my last devotional in this series for the year. Thank you for your faithful readership and support. Tomorrow I will start a new series entitled Purpose Pearls, designed to help you carry out the practice described in this last devotional: Be more purposeful and productive. Have a Happy New Year! 


PurposeCoach

As you approach the New Year, what are you prepared to do about your purpose progress?  To help you, I am reviving my PurposeCoach program of a few years ago, which was quite cumbersome to ship and manage.  Now I have digitized everything so that we can work together via email and Internet.

The PurposeCoach program involves six months of reading and study to help you find and fulfill your purpose, just like Erna did on her own. The cost is $199 but I am offering a half-price sale during January of just $99.  Once you pay, you will receive once a month for six months audio and reading purpose resources. You will also be able to communicate with me via email to get the help you need and, who knows, perhaps some face-to-face coaching, depending on where you live.

You can pay for your PurposeCoach Program via Paypal or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8881, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0881. Make the investment in your life today. Happy New Year to you and may it be the most purposeful ever!


Year End Report from Kenya

1 Peter 2I heard from all our friends in Kenya over the holidays and, of course, things slow down just like in the States as everyone goes home for the holidays. Our shipment of goods is on its way to Kenya and we are hoping it will be there when the team is there from February 1-16.

Here is an update I received from Pastor Peter just the other day:

Dear Dr. John.

I am happy to share with you on this peace of news, BUT FIRST I HOPE YOU ARE OKAY AND THE 1 Peter 6FAMILY. Here at WAPIS we are on the right track and we thank God for his favor. The pictures we have attached are of four orphan student we identified in our schools who were in dire need of the school uniform and writing materials and we responded. The faces of this young ones are brightened by knowing there is hope. The head teacher of this school has extended an offer to us that to start a library in this school and they will allow us to manage it for them while they will offer the space.

1 Peter 4They also agreed to open the library to the community members in order for them to benefit from this too. We hope to evaluate all the logistics to make sure we get it right at onset.

He is the reason for our living.

pastor peter

We are currently raising money to distribute on our next visit to Kenya.  By God's grace and with your help, we paid the $6,500 to ship our latest supply of books and goods over to Kenya, but now we must raise money to feed the children and widows, for there is no way a hungry child can learn or do much of anything else. When you decide to help, please use my website to give, or send a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882.  Thank you for making 2012 such a meaningful year for those we were able to help in Kenya.  I know 2013 will be even better.


Q365: Fickle

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Was I fickle when I intended to do this?" - 2 Corinthians 1:17.

The dictionary definition of fickle is: "marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability : given to erratic changeableness." You will never accomplish anything for the Lord without learning how to set a goal and stick with it to the end with God's help. What are the goals you are working on right now? What are your goals for the new year?  If you are a good starter but poor finisher, why do you think that is? What are you afraid of? Read Romans 15:23-29 and notice that Paul's success did not just happen; he gave it thought and had a plan. Follow Paul's example and develop a plan for your own life and work and then be diligent to carry it out.


Q364: Your Life

What would Jesus ask you today?

"What concern is it of yours?" - John 21:22.

You may invest a lot of energy worrying about or meddling in the affairs of someone else, just as Peter was doing when Jesus asked him today's question. That energy is better directed into your own work and world, and that involves knowing what Jesus wants you to do - His will for your life. Are you wasting energy trying to live other's lives? Is this a defense mechanism to keep you from pursuing God's plan for your life? What are the things that should concern you in the coming year? Read Philippians 3:7-11 and notice how focused Paul was on his own life and work; that is how focused you should be with your life.


Q363: Press Through

What would Jesus ask you today?

"And what does the Lord require of you?" - Micah 6:8.

What God has put in your heart to do will not just happen.  It will not be part of the heavenly Jerusalem that descends from heaven,  but will require effort on your part, often more toil than you first thought. If you don't set it into a goal, however, it will remain a wish and go unfulfilled. What is the Lord requiring you to do? What price are you willing to pay? What are your goals for the coming years of your life? Read Philippians 3:12-14 and then determine what you need to press through to get to.


Q362: Witnessing

What would Jesus ask you today?

"How will you escape being condemned to hell?" - Matthew 23:33.

There is only one way for anyone to escape hell and that is to put their faith in Christ and then live life in the Spirit. And there is only one way that people can find out about Christ and that is when you and others like you tell them the good news. What are you doing to spread the gospel? How much personal witnessing do you do?  What do you do to support world missions? As you approach a new year, give some thought to this critical discipline in your life as you read Romans 10:14-18.


Q361: Potential

What would Jesus ask you today?

“What then is this child going to be?” - Luke 1:66.

The people marveled at the events surrounding John the Baptist's birth and knew that he was destined to be someone special in the plan of God. Moses' parents looked at him and saw the same thing. What do you see when you see others?  Do you see their weaknesses and problems or what they can be in the will of God? And how about yourself?  Do you see the problems or the potential? Read Acts 7:20 and then ask God to help you see people as He sees them, so you can cooperate with His plan for their lives.


Q360: Christmas Favor

What would Jesus ask you today?

"But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord
should come to me?" - Luke 1:43.

Elizabeth saw herself as favored by God because Mary came to visit her while carrying Jesus in her womb.  How much more are you favored when Jesus comes to visit personally in the presence and power of the
Spirit! Do you see yourself as favored by God? Do you act like it? What should someone who is favored like you be doing? Pray? Worship? Do good deeds? Rejoice? Read about your position of favor in the Lord in Ephesians 1:15-23 and then meditate on the meaning of Christmas that God is with you! Merry Christmas!


Q359: Wise Men

What would Jesus ask you today?

“Where is the one who has been born
king of the Jews?" - Matthew 2:2.

The Magi asked this question and Herod, the reigning king, was threatened by the presence of a rival king. The wise men, however, were looking for the baby to worship Him and give Him gifts. The responses are still the same: Some are threatened by Jesus but others recognize their need to worship the King of kings. Are you searching for Jesus as the Magi did, or are you intimidated by His desire to be Lord over every area of your life? Read Matthew 2:1-12 and realize the price the Magi paid to seek out and then worship the King; then go pay the same price.