The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
–2 Chronicles 16:9
Using the life of the Old Testament prophet Elijah, we are in the process of discovering how God can take an ordinary person and use him or her in an extraordinary way. And specifically, we are looking at what I call Elijah’s seven secrets for living a significant and successful life.
The foundational secret of a significant life is to discover your unique purpose in life. God is writing a unique story in your life to tell His story to the world. Knowing your purpose helps you arrange your priorities in life, clarifies uncertainties you may encounter when making decisions, and gives you a prism through which to view even hard things that come into your life. When you understand and pursue God’s specific purpose for your life, He will transform your ordinary life into an extraordinary one.
Then we looked at the second secret of an extraordinary life, which is determining to influence your culture. God did not leave us here to isolate ourselves from this darkening culture or to identify with the culture; He left us here to influence the culture. Extraordinary people understand that. That is God’s purpose for our lives. Wherever God has placed you–your home, your workplace, your neighborhood, your family–God has placed you there to faithfully represent and to make an impact and to influence the culture.
That was true for Elijah. In the ninth century B.C., Elijah was dropped in the middle of a corrupt and deteriorating culture that in many ways was more depraved then our own culture today. But Elijah didn’t become a “silo saint” by isolating himself from the culture or a “spiritual sellout” by identifying with the ungodly culture around him; instead, Elijah clearly understood that his purpose in life was to influence his culture for God.
What is it that made Elijah a spiritual giant in his time? It was embracing three convictions that not only molded his own life but also allowed him to change the world. This week, we are going to talk about those three convictions that will change your life and change the world around you.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Convictions That Will Change Your World” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2017.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.