You Were Born for This

For this I came into the world.
                —John 18:37

Scottish runner Eric Liddell withdrew from his favored-to-win 100 meter race in the 1924 Paris Olympics because it was scheduled for Sunday; his religious convictions prohibited him from running on Sunday. He switched to the Friday 400 meter competition, broke the existing world record, and won the gold.

“I believe,” he said, “that God made me for a purpose. But he also made me fast, and when I run, I feel his pleasure.” After the Olympics Eric went to China as a missionary, where he served until his death in 1945.

God chose you before the creation of the world (Eph. 1:4), and put you here at this specific time and place for a specific purpose (Eph. 2:10).

Find your purpose, echoing Jesus’ words, “For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world.”

Your talents are God-given.
The use you make of them is up to you.

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