Serving Your Generation

Joel Sanchez

“For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption” (Acts 13:36).

This is a verse which seems hidden in the midst of a greater discussion about the significance that Christ rose from the dead. But the first time I read it, it stood out for its simplicity and its power.

The verse prompts me to ask you two important questions. The text says that David served God’s purpose. Simple question for you: Are you serving God’s purpose? Are you serving God’s purpose in how you are raising your family, in how you are spending your money and in how you are spending your time?

Second, are you doing it “in your own generation?” Are you aware that you won’t live forever and that God has given you and me a limited amount of time in which to make an unlimited impact for eternity? Are you living with a sense of urgency to share the gospel, make good choices, correct mistakes and seize every moment to live to the fullest for God—not wasting time in vain pursuits, useless worries and careless choices?

One day this will all be over…all the worries, all the cares, all the laundry and the dishes and bills and the dirty diapers will be over. And the only thing that will matter is being able to say that you served God’s purpose in your generation, that you fulfilled God’s call on your life, that you didn't waste your time.

So today as you go about your daily tasks, may you be encouraged to use your time, your energy and your resources to serve the purpose that God has set for you in your generation.

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