Saved for a Purpose

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Saved for a Purpose

When I was four years old I was playing with friends at their apartment complex.  We were in the pool and our parents were distracted talking with each other.  I didn’t know how to swim, so I kept a tight grip on the edge of the pool.  While we were horsing around, I inadvertently let go and found myself flailing, trying frantically to reach for the side of the pool, all the while dipping under the water line and swallowing water in the process.

With the pool filled with swimmers, no one took notice of me except a teenage boy sitting next to the pool.  He wasn’t sure if I was fooling around or not, but just in case, he stuck out his finger far enough for me to grab onto, and then in one swift motion yanked me out of the pool.  Coughing up water, sputtering and shaking, I managed to squeak out “thank you”, “thank you”.  That incident was four decades ago, and still I vividly remember it.  Whether or not I could articulate it back then, I’ve come to understand what that stranger did for me.

As I contemplate the impact this stranger had on my life, I’m drawn to ask myself if I truly understand the impact Jesus has had on my life.  In the gospel of John, chapter 13, he recounts the familiar Last Supper.  Jesus interrupts the meal – he undresses himself, puts a towel around his waist, bends down and washes his disciples’ feet.  This is the last gathering with Jesus and all of His disciples, and the foot washing is an intimate moment of teaching.  Jesus asks his disciples, “Do you understand what I have done for you?  You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Jesus asked His disciples then, and He asks us today, “Do you understand what I have done for you?”

As a little girl, I was pulled from the pool and given another chance.  Now as an adult I feel my spirit continually pulled by Jesus into new life. I accepted Christ in my mid-20’s, so I can vividly remember what my life was like before I knew Jesus, and what my life has been like in the two decades since I first believed.  I remember a deep a gnawing feeling that there must be more to life than just what I was experiencing.  I was newly married at the time and we were happy.  Even so, I felt like something was missing; this could not be all that there was to life.  You live, you love, you accumulate stuff and then you die.  Could that really be all there is to our time on this earth?

We have all been created with a unique purpose, and I honestly don’t know how one can figure out their purpose without knowing God.  When Jesus asked His disciples, “Do you understand what I have done for you?” it is improbable that they really understood.  We have an advantage today because we know the end of the story. The humility that Christ displayed in washing the feet of His disciples paled in light of the sacrifice of going to the cross to redeem humanity. Christ willingly went to the cross for us, for each and every one of us. He was tortured mercilessly and endured gross humiliation. He was nailed to a cross for a crime He did not commit.  He died. God resurrected Him.  Through our belief in Him we are redeemed.

We know the end of the story, but so what?  Are we living our lives in the fullness God desires for each one of us?  I was saved for a purpose that day when a stranger’s hand reached out to grab ahold of me, and I hope that I never stop yearning to fulfill the unique purpose that God fashioned just for my life.

This is the challenge for today – to assess where we are in our lives and to willingly choose the life that Jesus desires for each and every one of us – a life of significance for His purpose.


About The Author
Amy Hemseri-Sabala
Amy Hemseri-Sabala
Hi, I'm Amy. A few years ago, I left a successful business career to pursue her ministry call and earned a Masters in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. I now serve Church Resource Ministries as their Vice President of Finance & Administration. I'm currently seeking a pastoral call in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and serving on the board of directors of the Birkman Foundation. I am so grateful for the guidance of God in my life, and I'm passionate about mentoring and discipleship. I'm also the proud mom of my grown son, James, and am working with my golden retriever, Spice, to become certified as a therapy dog. I love my home and life in Huntington Beach, California, and delight in traveling internationally whenever possible.
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  • Chris-Smooth Wale Adejumo
    June 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm


  • Jovelyn Wilson
    June 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    doing my best

  • Linda Cagle
    June 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    trying to

  • Bob Ducharme
    June 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm


  • Dawn Carmichael Braack
    June 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    “Now that ye know these things, see that ye do them. ” Mosiah 4:10

  • Thomas Borboa
    June 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    there is no Mosiah in scripture! the Holy writ! sorry it’s jut not

  • Thomas Borboa
    June 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Ezekiel 3625 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. 28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. 29 I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. 30 And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”~ this is of course after He has done this to the lost sheep! He saves because He is a savior, and to get glory on the earth for the work.

  • Gloria J. Greb
    June 15, 2012 at 12:49 am

    there is a Messiah in the scriptures. Where did you get your Bible?

  • MarvinandNancy Spurlock
    June 15, 2012 at 1:33 am


  • Rhonii Meade
    June 15, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Amen! Amen! Amen!

  • Rhonii Meade
    June 15, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Exactly! Amen!glory to the lamb of God who has taken on the sins of the world, won’t you accept his offering of love today! He is Love! Tell him about your darkness he already knows them and wants you to repent and say yes Lord I’ve done this against you and you only have I send against !in Christ LOve Rhonii

  • Rhonii Meade
    June 15, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Have I sinned against you! Lotd yes I have forgive me wash me whiter than snow:) with your precious blood! It has been already finished at the cross of Jesus ! I accepted! The rest is up to you:)

  • Rhonii Meade
    June 15, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Lord yes,

  • Edith Ellison
    June 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    the word says for all haved sinned and come short of the glory of god.

  • Edith Ellison
    June 15, 2012 at 2:41 am

    the word says for all haved sinned and come short of the glory of god.

  • Seth Shewmaker
    June 15, 2012 at 2:59 am


  • Austin J Cochran
    June 15, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Amen !

  • Kathy Baker
    June 15, 2012 at 3:48 am


  • Pebbles Slade
    June 15, 2012 at 4:15 am

    God, Christ, and myself know that I am trying to live my life the way that Christ would (I admit I’m not perfect, but I try to live my life, rather the life that God haz given me, more right than not.

  • Kathi Henderson
    June 15, 2012 at 5:15 am


  • Amy Hemseri-Sabala
    June 15, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Finding our purpose is less about leading a perfect life (for who of us can?) and more about intimacy with Jesus. It’s about being willing to surrender our will to live life our way in favor of partnering with God to fulfill the purpose He created us for. It’s a fun journey, for sure!

  • Cheryle Ayers
    June 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Yes Lord , Thank you he saved me to be able to tell others that he is still in the healing business and i tell it all of the time i have a testimony to tell about his goodness . that is my purpose so people can see me and say she came a long way but God kept her.

  • Louise Kay Amix Schmaling
    June 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    <3 Thank you Father God in Jesus Name <3

  • Rudy Lynn Wright
    June 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm


  • Eugene Harper
    June 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    THank you father for ever thing

  • Laura Lowe
    June 16, 2012 at 1:20 am

    i love You Yeshua for it is Your grace is enough for me

  • Linda Lawler
    June 16, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Thank you Father. Thank you for every blessing received and every blessing to come.

  • Robert Barcroft
    June 16, 2012 at 6:56 am


  • Ryan Lynn Jones
    June 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm


  • Jean Bakic
    June 17, 2012 at 4:58 am


  • James Rodrick
    June 17, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I love you Lord Jesus. I will represent you throughout my life, but I ask you to take my soul to Paradise when my time comes.

  • Laquetta Repentancelife Payne
    June 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Glory to the most high God , & his son Jesus Christ , the king of every being can’t imagine wha it would be like if he wasn’t real … Giving glory & honor were it’s do , to our Lord And savior Jesus Christ … For bring me out of darkness into his marvelous Light …. There is none greater no were …. I tried …. Jesus won !!!! thank u Lord , great God Almighty

  • Earl Scott
    September 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I heard that, say it again

  • Laura Lowe
    September 6, 2012 at 7:21 am

    He told me my purpose was to serve Him

  • Patti Mangan Houston
    September 6, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I know God has a purpose for me, but I am not sure what it is yet. Praying that it is revealed to me. Thank you Lord!

  • Carmen Perez
    September 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

    It would be impossible anything would without God

  • John Frontera
    September 6, 2012 at 8:16 am


  • Randie Jones
    September 6, 2012 at 8:26 am


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    September 6, 2012 at 8:31 am


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    September 6, 2012 at 8:59 am


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    September 6, 2012 at 9:28 am


  • Patricia Thompson
    September 6, 2012 at 9:41 am


  • Thomas A. Wathen Jr.
    September 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

    “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” – Psalm 121:4 (KJV)

  • Anna A Anasia
    September 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

    obama has never, will never abandon Israel! END OF STORY!

  • Becky Foster Houghtalling
    September 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm


  • Gary DeFilippo
    September 17, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Ladies, Obama has not yet abandoned Isreal yet but he has made clear that he wants to position them within a very vulnerable area with limited protective barriers from both sides.

  • Gary DeFilippo
    September 17, 2012 at 7:39 am

    As Christians I hope that you are aware of Obama’s latest vote sucking laws. same-sex marriage and looser abortion peramiters.

  • Ruhi Sunwar
    May 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

    No…… 🙁

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