New Day, New Opportunity to Fulfill Your Mission

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God was patient with Jonah. God never gave up on him. God won’t give up on you either.

“[The Lord] is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT). 

God only uses imperfect, broken people. If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done because perfect people don’t exist!

If you’re willing to be used by God, he will use you no matter what you’ve done in the past. Your mission hasn’t changed.

Jonah was an ordinary guy who didn’t even want to do what God told him to do. Yet God gave him another chance, and he did what he’d been called to do.

Even though he obeyed God, Jonah carried out his assignment with a bad attitude. Yet God still used him.

God gave Jonah a seven-word sermon: “In forty days Nineveh will be destroyed!” (Jonah 3:4 GNT). That simple message led to one of the largest spiritual revivals in history. A huge city humbly turned to God. It’s really a bigger miracle than getting Jonah out of the belly of a big fish.

God used this imperfect, reluctant prophet to lead an incredible revival.

God was patient with Jonah and never gave up on him. God won’t give up on you either.

The Bible says, “[The Lord] is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT).

If you wake up tomorrow morning, it means God is giving you one more day—another opportunity—to fulfill your mission.

Expect God to use you. And he will.

Talk It Over

Think about specific times in your life when you’ve doubted whether God could use you. Why did you doubt?

Why is it so hard to believe God can use us after we’ve messed up?

Because God has been patient with you, what are some ways you can be more patient with others in your life?

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