As followers of Christ, we are ‘saved’ and ‘called’ with a holy calling (2 Timothy 1:9). God has a mission and a task for us to fulfil – in our families, in the church, and in the world. He has given us spiritual gifts and natural abilities that are ways for us to serve others and make the world a better place. Have you discovered your gifts? Are you developing them and deploying them for the benefit of God’s kingdom?
Take some time to reflect on why you are here on earth. What is your purpose and the contribution God has designed you to make? What is your role in the church – the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12-14. Romans 12:1-13. 1 Peter 4:7-11)? How does your career or studies fit into God’s calling for your life?
God has called us to a life of growth and progress (see 1 Timothy 4:14-15). What can you do this year to further develop the potential God has given you? Pray for favour, grace, and opportunities to serve.
“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don't be ashamed of me, either, even though I'm in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time — to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” [2 Tim 1:5-10. NLT]