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September 18, 2012

Personal Global Positioning System

The question I want to ask you today is how do you find your way in life? How do you locate your position, your place, your niche, your purpose on this earth? Have you ever looked up at a clear sky at night and looked out at the stars and thought, where do I fit in the grand scheme of things? We’re on this little blue ball in infinite space. Have you every asked yourself, out of the vastness of all of God’s creation, what is my location, my niche, my place, my purpose on this earth?

David asked the same question in Psalm chapter 8, “When I look up into the night skies and see the work of Your fingers – the moon and the stars You have made – I cannot understand how You can bother with mere puny man, to pay any attention to him! And yet You have made him only a little lower than the angels … .” David was saying, “God, when I look at all that You’ve created, I feel like just a speck of dust. Who am I, and what is my place, what is my location, my niche, my position in the grand plan of life?” God says to you and me emphatically today, “I have a grand purpose for your life. I have a great plan for your life.” I want you to be able to discover the “me” you were created to be. So, how do you find your way in life? Well, we have to take a closer look. Just as an astronomer has to take a closer look through a telescope into the night sky to understand it, you and I have to take a closer look. First, we have to look up, and then we have to point the telescope at ourselves and look in, and then we have to look out. If we are going to discover my location, my position and place on this earth, and why I’m here, then first I have to look up at who created me.

To discover who I am created to be, the first thing I have to do is look up at the One who created me because that’s where I’ll find all the clues. Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen.” Paul was saying that when he looked at creation, he saw proof that there is a God. Because wherever there is a creation, there must be a creator.

I have to look in at how He created me. Because when I look in, I begin to discover how He made me, I begin to discover what He made me for. Look at Psalm 139. “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” If I’m going to discover how I am created, I have to look in and see how God made me because that’s how I know what He made me for. I have to discover my GPS, my Gifts, Passions and Struggles.

And lastly, I need to look out at what I’m created to do. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” You were made to look beyond yourself, to use your gifts, your talents, your passion and even your struggles to make a difference in the lives of others.

I have to dedicate my gifts and my talents and my struggles to God, to say, “God, You’ve given me these gifts and talents, and You’ve allowed these struggles into my life. I give them back to You to use to make a difference.” Then and only then will I find my place and position and purpose in life. So, “I dedicate it to You, and I want to make a difference in the lives of others. Show me how to be me, to make a difference in the lives of others.”