Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | October 31, 2011

Serving God’s Purposes

Dubai, UAE en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Each of us are stewards of a generation — essentially a single and narrow slice of time in which to serve God’s purposes. And after that, we die and return to dust. However, what we do in our generation does not have to die with us and even our dust can continue to tell the world of God’s faithfulness (Ps. 30:9). In a sermon that Paul preached on his first missionary journey, he said, “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption” (Acts 13:36). But, what David did in his generation impacted the course of redemptive history because he served the purpose of God. And he earned the enviable distinction of being known as a man after God’s heart (Acts 13:22). Although he made mistakes along the way, David set the standard for evaluating the kings that came after him, many of whom did not serve God well in their respective generation.

In order to serve the purposes of God in our generation, we must know what those purposes are and dedicate ourselves to making them a priority in our lives. For the sake of space, I will note just three of God’s purposes. First, the great commandment. Jesus challenged His disciples to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37-38). Second, the great commission. The last command of Jesus was a command to take the good news into all the world (Matt. 28:19-20). And finally, the great requirement. Micah 6:8 tells us “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” We must embrace and faithfully live out these purposes. Our walk and our talk must match. The world will never see the gospel as good news if the messenger is bad news.

In order to serve the purposes of God in our generation, we must also understand our generation. In 1 Chronicles 12:32 we read that the men of Issachar “understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” We too, must understand the times in which we live in order to know how to serve God’s purposes, extend His kingdom, and bring glory to His name. We must never allow our zeal to leave home dressed in ignorance. Instead we must study the times, think deeply about them, and then pray for the wisdom to know what to do and the courage to do it. We live in the best of times and the worst of times that present us with both great opportunities and intimidating obstacles that can only be faced by those with the requisite courage and audacity to fulfill the purposes of God. May we live in such a way that it will be said of us that we served the purposes of God in our generation.


  1. That was incredible. If I heard that in church it would be really good but knowing you can write that in an airport is amazing. Good stuff Pastor.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Kim. Just landed in Malaysia. Looking forward to seeing and spending time with Gina. 🙂

  2. Every Blessing on your time in KL. We spent many months there back in 1994/95. Some great churches serving the purpose of God.

    • Hi Paul and Sarah,

      Good to hear from you. Enjoying KL. I’ll be back in India at the end of the year and hope to spend a few days in Kolkata after the first of the year. Thanks for your faithful readership and prayers.


  3. Hi Omar, I haven’t met you yet but glad to via blog. A couple of my colleagues at Orphan Hope Int’l, Bill Byrd and Matt Bullen, who met you introduced your blog to me. Thank you for sharing via this blog. It’s a great encouragement. Having just returned from Bogota, Colombia during a vision trip this is a timely post. Blessings, Shoby

    • Hi Shoby,

      Thanks for your readership. I have the highest regard for Bill and Matt and am grateful for the work of Orphan Hope. Thanks to you all for loving God and loving the nations and for all you are doing to give children a future and a hope.


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