September 18, 2023

Your Special Calling

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”—2 Timothy 1:9 NIV

Shortly after sunrise on November 1, 1512, Pope Julius II and 17 cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel in Rome. While there to observe vespers, without realizing it, they were part of the public unveiling of a masterpiece.

There, an artist we know as Michelangelo had been laboring on the chapel ceiling for more than four years. Gazing upward, Pope Julius and his colleagues instantly recognized that they were seeing something special. Viewing the finished ceiling was an overwhelming experience.

Many people were surprised when Michelangelo was selected for this prestigious assignment. Known primarily as a sculptor, he rarely touched a paintbrush. Yet the Pope felt Michelangelo was the right man.

There were many moments when Michelangelo doubted his ability for the task. A few years into the project, he wrote his father, “My work does not seem to go ahead in a way to merit anything.” He complained of much difficulty. Why? Because painting was “not my profession.” As a result, “I lose my time fruitlessly.” Yet he persisted, and the result was a work that has stood the test of time.

Remember, God has special assignments for you. Have faith in God. When you have doubts, ask Him for the wisdom, strength, and resources you need. Trust Him, confident that He will direct your path.

Reflection Question: What special assignment has God given you for His glory?

Prayer
Father, thank You for the plan You have for my life. Help me finish the work You have given to me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Timothy 1

Prayer
Father, thank You for the plan You have for my life. Help me finish the work You have given to me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Timothy 1