You Were Born for This is by the bestselling author of The Prayer of Jabez, Bruce Wilkinson. I’m embarrassed to say, I received all my information about The Prayers of Jabez from other readers’ interpretation of the book. From them, I gleaned that you prayed the prayer of Jabez when you wanted God to make your dreams come true in a big way. Therefore, I thought it was just another inspirational book on prosperity.
So imagine how skeptical I was about reading You Were Born for This. I quickly found out You Were Born For This is all about service. It’s not another pep talk to prosperity. It actually mirrors what living a Christian life really is. It means to serve, to help someone achieve his or her miracle. Quite different from the Me-Me-Me Ministries and GET-Me-More Gospels floating about out there.
Bruce Wilkinson points out how everyone is born to make miracles happen. Miracles aren’t something that occurs only in the Bible, or happens occasionally to super spiritual people. He writes that miracles can happen to believers who intentionally pray to help someone else. Every day, we can be a part in the miracle-working power of God.
After all, who else can God use? On page 40, Wilkinson writes,
"We know from Scripture that God has three options for getting something done on earth:
1. In Person, as when He dictated the Ten Commandments to Moses,
2. By an angel, as when the angel Gabriel announced the upcoming birth of Jesus to Mary,
But from Scripture and history, we must conclude that God has chosen these options only rarely. That leaves…
3. Through a human being."
That’s us! Since we are God’s hands and feet, we should be actively seeking ways to be a blessing in someone’s life.
Wilkinson uses personal stories, scriptures, along with step-by-step instructions to illustrate how we can be intentional miracle workers. Even though everyone isn’t at a stage in their spiritual life where they are honestly willing to wake up every morning ready to serve, this book will prick your heart to be sensitive to others’ needs.
You Were Born For This would make a great devotional, book club selection, or prayer group guide for anyone willing to make a difference.