How do you know if you’re in the right place?


Looking for a reason
Roaming through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Michael W. Smith

Everyone wants to know why they’re here and what it is that will bring significance to their lives. We’re all looking for our place in this world.

I have come to the conclusion that our place in this world comes not in the form of a location — certainly not a permanent place to relax and call home. That place is eternal in the heavens. But our place in this world is realized in discovering our purpose, and our spiritual gifts — our task to do while we are here. It’s our purpose and our function that provides “place.”

Our place in this world is found in the loving and accepting of others and the sharing of the Gospel of Welcome, which is that Jesus wants a relationship with everyone and has removed the barriers to that relationship in order to make it possible. What greater “place” could there be?

Your and my place in this world is found in acting out our purpose through our spiritual gifts. We can do that from any place. Indeed, if we have a hold of this, God can move us around from place to place. He may change your job because of the people you will meet and share your life with in a new one. He may put you in the hospital because He wants you in a room next to another patient who is waiting to hear about Jesus. He may move you to a new neighborhood for the same reason.

Our address on earth is not our destination. Our destination is heaven. Our address on earth is our launching pad to effectiveness. Our address is the community of people God has for us to love and serve. That is as much “place” as we need.

“Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58).

Jesus had no place to call home; the whole world was His place, and through us, His followers, He can go just about anywhere. The next place He has to be is the next place you will be today.

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1 Response to How do you know if you’re in the right place?

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    Amen & Amen Pastor John to today’s Catch! Luv it, becauz a long time ago it was settled in my heart my propose in my life is to praise God and to bring Him honor & glory- and I know that I know how often I fail @ it, yet Praise God He hasn’t given up on me, which I’m so thankful for…

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