“For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep…”
Acts 13:36, NIV

I have a sword in my home from the Spanish American War. The sword is in excellent shape. I can even read the name of the man it was made for. There is only one problem, it has no scars, no dents and no blemishes. Swords are designed for the battlefield, for hand-to-hand combat and yet it is obvious, after brief inspection, it has never been used in battle.

No scars, blemishes or wounds are good if the plan is to put it on the display shelf. How about you? Do you have scars and wounds from doing what God designed you for or are you for the display shelf only? Where are the marks or wounds you have received from being in battle? I am not talking about physical battles, rather I am talking about the growth and change (both a result of spiritual surgery) in your personal life. Change and growth leave marks. Can others see your marks?

This verse about King David amazes and convicts me. I want to live life in such a way that when I die, it can be said of me, “For when Hal had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep.” That would be an incredible statement. “He did what God created him for.” That drives me forward. I have a daily walk with God, a family, a wife and a ministry. I want to live my life in such a way I achieve the crowning statement that was given to King David. God has designed each one of us with His purpose in mind. He has a special plan for you and for me.

QUESTION: What is your purpose in life? In what area of your life do you want to make sure you achieve God’s purposes? What area of your life needs alignment? Is there anything you need to adjust right now?