“God saved us for something.”

“God saved us for something.” Those words rang in my head all day Sunday. I kept asking myself…What is holding me back from God’s purpose? Three words that Pastor Dan spoke helped me start this process of identifying God’s purpose for my life. It all starts with genuine worship of the only One worthy of our worship. Pastor Dan said John 4:24 says what it looks like to worship God fully, in both spirit and truth. If we are to worship God in that way we have to understand that worship is “a response to who God is and what He does.” How can I do that? Three words jumped out at me in Sunday’s message.

God, What is it You want out of my life? Romans 12:1 is a good place to start to understand that I am to present my body as “a living sacrifice.” That’s a big deal.

Is my life being saturated with thoughts about God? The best way to do that is to regularly dive into God’s word. God’s word is living and is God’s primary answer to everything! If you are praying regularly and not hearing from God, maybe He wants to speak to you through His word. When I realized that, it changed how I read Scripture and how God speaks to me. I encourage you to try it.

Am I living a life of sacrifice Pastor Dan says: Sacrifice is giving up something I love for something I love MORE. So what do I really love? I love football: college, pro, high school, whatever. God has repeatedly called me to do things on my normal football Sundays at the church to help me let go of something I love (football) for something I love more (God and His church). That’s why you see me on most Sundays serving: because God has asked me to start sacrificing for Him. You may think that giving up football is not a sacrifice but it is to me! I lived for football and would spend hours every day watching games or reading about teams!

If I can really get these 3 core principles of genuine worship down how amazing would my become? The cost of following Jesus is NOTHING compared to the cost of not following Jesus. Our lives become infinitely greater when we enter into a relationship with Him.

God created us to live an amazing life with Him: a life on purpose. I’m ready. Ready to get out the audience and into the army. Thanks Pastor Dan for a great message!

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With Empty Hands

Last Sunday, I scribbled notes feverishly into my journal as Pastor Dan spoke:

“God exchanges our human weakness for His power.”

“We must first acknowledge our frailty and place ourselves in a position to receive for He is not taking our strength and adding His power to it; but rather, giving us something new and supernatural.”

 It was when the music began to play after the sermon that this message seemed to unfold right in front of me.

One row in front of me an older lady sat during the worship songs. It was clear she was too weak to stand for all 3-4 songs in the worship set, but often she lifted her hands. Palms facing up. In her frailty, she was going to receive what God had to give her and at the same time, let Him know she wanted to surrender to Him.

A few rows ahead of me, an older man stood alongside his wife. Several times I saw him raise his right arm to worship God. Each time he was only able to do this by holding up his right arm with his left hand. His weakness was not going to stop him. He was going to praise his Lord and I sat behind him watching this thinking how this was a beautiful picture of what Pastor Dan was talking about the same day…

How we come to God with empty hands.

Our great exchange of nothing for everything.

What a vivid and beautiful illustration of the Gospel we are invited into through Jesus.


Lexi King is a mom of 3 and a deliriously smitten wife. She is passionate about encouraging and connecting women, writing, music, Jesus and queso…not necessarily in that order. She became a Christ follower at the age of 18 as a college freshman at UT Austin and now has lived in the Reno area for five years.