Jennifer Kostick– Jennifer has been married for twenty-three years to her high school sweetheart, Paul. She is the mother of three children, Paul IV (22), Samuel (6), and Grace (6). She also has six babies residing in heaven. It is those six tiny souls who have propelled her into women’s ministry. She is a conference speaker and author of the book Nothing to Hold but Hope (one woman's journey through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infertility). Jennifer blogs at www.Jenniferkostick.com and is passionate about encouraging women through a godly message of mercy and hope.
Hey, friend. Just to recap, we’ve learned in the first two days of this series that, yes, we have purpose; in fact, we are God’s poem created to walk in good works. All this was ordained by the Father before time began. We’ve also discussed that it takes diving into the word to activate the purpose of our lives. It doesn’t necessarily happen quickly, like how striking a match creates fire instantaneously. Instead, it’s more like rubbing flint and steel together. It’s a process.
Today, I want us to go back to the moment of creation, because I want to give you a very brief glimpse into a conversation, which encompassed your life. (Yes, that’s what I said!) This discussion included you, and happened even before the breath of God resided in the lungs of Adam and Eve. In my upcoming book, we go into this deeply, but because the blogosphere says fewer than 800 words is best for the reader, we will only scratch the surface today. However, this “surface” is rich and will give you everything you need to give off a spark meant to activate something deeper within your soul. Let’s open our Bible’s to Genesis 1:1.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Familiar scripture, right? You’ve heard it a thousand times, right? Well, get ready to dig into a word that is alive and meant to transform your purpose!
In this scripture, the word for God is actually the Hebrew word Elohim. The word Elohim is plural, meaning more than one. This gives us our first evidence of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. After this, our Father God began creating the world. And, according to John 1:1-3, He made everything through His Son Jesus. As we read through creation we come to Genesis 1:26, which is where we get to eavesdrop, if you will, on a very special conversation.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on earth.”
Friend, this doesn’t just mean Adam and Eve. It means you as well! You were made in the likeness of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created you, through His Son, and when Jesus finished the work on the cross and ascended to heaven, as a believer, you were then given the Holy Spirit as a helper for you, to dwell inside you and make you whole. Your name was known by God before time, the poem of your life was written, and you were intended to walk in good works. Your life is meant for more than what you see with human eyes. Your worth is beyond measure. You need to stop believing lies that cause you to believe otherwise. Grasp truth. Do it now! You need the truth of God in order to activate your purpose.
Tomorrow, we will take a look at one other place in the Bible to establish the proof of our purpose. After that, we are going to begin dealing with hard questions, because we all face brokenness and if we aren’t careful, our broken hearts can become roadblocks interfering with our path of purpose.
Today’s homework is this: First, think about what we discussed and pray God would make you more and more aware of His purpose for you. I know it’s sometimes hard to pray for ourselves because we feel there are others with more important needs to take before the throne of God. But, it is also important to open up to Your Father about your own struggles and needs. God cares about you! He wants you to discuss your life with Him. Every part!
Next, I want you to take, and post, a selfie explaining on social media that you are in the process of activating your purpose through the power of scripture! Let’s find encouragement in each other. In your post, quote Genesis 1:26 and use the hashtag #ActivatingYourPurpose. This will enable us to find each other. I know this request might take you out of your comfort zone, but have you ever thought about how sometimes, being too comfortable can cage us? It keeps us from growing, and in some cases, holds us back from activating purpose!
I’ll meet you here tomorrow!
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If I were seated across from you, right at this very moment, I would lock eyes with you over my steaming, hot cup of coffee and hang onto each word not just coming from your mouth, but from your heart. I would listen to your broken places, and then set my cup down to ask you a very pointed question: Do you believe you were born with a purpose?
Before you answer that, let’s dig into the word of God and allow me to prove why I believe through the power of scripture that God has designed you for a very specific plan. It’s a plan not only meant to glorify who He is, but also intended to give new life to who you are. Friend, we’re all in need of new life. Amen?
Rather than do this the traditional “blogging way.” I’m going to ask you to actually have your Bible in front of you when you read these posts throughout the month. If that means bookmarking this and coming back to it later, that’s fine. I want you to gain the most out of this study as possible. We’re on a mission. If you don’t own a Bible or have access to one, you can easily follow along online. I recommend biblehub.com or biblegateway.com. If you’re not a fan of those, you can google to find one that works for you. I will have the scriptures typed out, but the point is to get you deep inside His Word so that purpose is proven and then activated in your life.
Now that we have our Bibles in front of us, let’s begin…
For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
-Ephesians 2:10 (N.K.J.V.)
Let’s break this down: “For we are His workmanship.” Some translations use other words in place of workmanship such as, handiwork or masterpiece. Those are pretty words, and they make me feel good, however, there is something fantastic about the word workmanship that brings beauty to life.
Just as a side note, I will often look to either Hebrew or Greek word meanings to uncover significance in scriptures. The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew, and so sometimes we will look to Hebrew meanings when discovering pieces of the O.T. The New Testament was written in Greek, which is why we will be working with a Greek word today.
In Greek, the word for workmanship is poiema. It’s an attractive sounding word that rolls off the tongue. For just a second, take a look at that Greek word and think about what English word you might see inside of it…
The word is poem. We get our English word poem from the Greek word poiema. Now, here’s what I want to do. I’m going to write the scripture again, but this time instead of using the word workmanship, I’m going to use the word poem instead. To clarify, the word poiema actually means a work of art, but because of the English word poem which is translated from it, I want to paint a word picture to help you understand the beauty of who you are to Him.
For we are His poem created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
-Ephesians 2:10 (N.K.J.V.)
To explain even further, the word we, means all of us: you and me. When the apostle Paul wrote this in his letter to the Ephesians, he was giving them a lesson in grace, speaking to them about why we are alive in Christ, and through it was being used by the Holy Spirit to activate purpose in the lives of not only those who his letter was intended for at the time, but in all of us who would read his sacred writings for centuries to come.
Sister, you are God’s poem. You are! And, there’s more good news! He prepared the works of your life, the path of your purpose, before time began. It not only says so here, but many other places in the Bible as well.
Tomorrow, we will look at some more scriptures to prove your purpose. Over the days and weeks to come, we will unravel the poem of your life and then answer some hard questions, because even though we have purpose ordained by the Almighty Himself, along the path we will inevitably meet brokenness. There is no doubt that we will become acquainted with grief. And, when discouragement sets in, you better believe there’s an enemy who loves to whisper lies to disprove the God of the universe and His plan for you.
I’m going to give you a little homework assignment: Please write down Ephesians 2:10 with the word poem in place of the word workmanship. Hang it in a place where you can be constantly reminded of your worth to God. Maybe you can display it on your refrigerator with a magnet, tape it to your dashboard, or write it in lipstick on your mirror so when you’re brushing your teeth you see it prominently in front of you. Get creative in activating your purpose! After you’ve written down your scripture, take a picture of it and share it on social media including the hashtag #ActivatingYourPurpose. This is a way we can encourage each other while on our pursuit to activate purpose. I can’t wait to see your pictures!
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Whenever we need a match to light a candle, we strike it and, poof, just like magic fire appears. We don’t have to think about it, we just do it. The red phosphorus, sulfur, and potassium chlorate, amongst other ingredients involved in the process, never even enters our minds.
And, yet, when we send up a short prayer while dusting off our Bibles for a two minute counseling session with the Wonderful Counselor, asking hard questions about our futures with seemingly no answers, we shake our fists at the sky protesting the audacity of a God who refuses to work in our allotted time frame. We expect the magic of the match stick.
I need to tell you a little something about myself in hopes it will help you: when I stopped shaking my fists at the sky and started opening my hands in surrender, my path of purpose began to light up. When I disciplined myself to the study of scriptures each and every day, a fire of passion began. It didn’t work like a match, it was more like the method of rubbing flint and steel together, but when the first spark flew I knew my soul would never be the same.
When we seek God we usually want a fire to ignite, but when we think hard about it, it’s not our fire we’re concentrating on, it’s His. We want Him to have a passion to give us answers. Like, right now! We want Him to do all the work, and if it doesn’t happen immediately, hope diminishes and our angry wandering of searching for purpose continues, much like some others I’ve read about who spent forty long years sweating in a desert.
Now, don’t worry. I’m not saying you have to spend hours a day with your nose inside a Bible. However, don’t be surprised if, after rubbing flint and steel together for a while, you ache to. If it happened to me it can happen to anybody! Throughout this 31 day series I’m going to teach you what I’ve done in my own life to activate purpose through the power of scripture.
When I searched the definition of activate in Merriam Webster, I found this at the very beginning: Activate: to make active or more active… The goal of this 31 day series is to make you active, or more active, in getting to know who God is and what His purpose is for you.
I also want to be honest and tell you something else: I’m much more concerned about each of you gaining a deeper relationship with Christ than I am about my blog subscription numbers. You are all so much more to me than a list of email followers. Nearing the end of October, I’m planning to have some giveaways as well as make you aware of special offers. That means I will have to remind you from time to time that if you subscribe, you won’t miss any of this 31 day series or anything else that develops in the process.
You might wonder what happens if you subscribe. Well, each day throughout the month of October you’ll receive an email including a blog post for this series. After October, you’ll see a post in your email from me once or twice a week. You can unsubscribe at any time.
This will be more like a 31 Day Study than a regular daily blog read. Because of this, you will see recommended “homework,” which includes small faith exercises to encourage others and ourselves within this pursuit of purpose. It’s designed to help you dig inside the word, but will take a very short amount of time. I believe in setting small goals. It’s about being consistent, not setting unrealistic goals we cannot meet. Let’s set ourselves up for success, shall we? We will be using the hashtag #ActivatingYourPurpose to connect with each other via social media. If you don’t have a social media account, please share with us in the comment section underneath each blog post.
I sincerely hope to get to know you better throughout this series. If you have any questions, comments, or thoughts on purpose you would like to discuss, please either leave a comment, or email me at [email protected]
Love to you, friend.
I’ll meet you back here tomorrow!
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To know what’s ahead in this series check out my landing list below…
Day Two: Do You Believe You Have Purpose?
Day Three: The Conversation
Day Four: No More Denying
Day Five: No Condemnation
Day Six: Religion Versus Relationship
Day Seven: Owning Righteousness
Day Eight: Do Not Despise Small Beginnings
Day Nine: Why Do We Suffer
Day Ten: Discipline Activates Purpose
Day Eleven: Anyway Obedience When it Feels Like Everybody but Me
Day Twelve: Finding Purpose in Prayer
More to come!!!!