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On Purpose, With a Purpose

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Psalm 57:2- “I cry out to God most high, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.”

 

A magazine article reported that depression is on the rise worldwide. One of the main causes is that people don’t see that they have any real purpose.

They feel that they should have a purpose. They just haven’t discovered what it is.

They fail to adequately answer the age-old question, “Why did God put me on this earth?” And, that often results in them living lives in which they don’t believe that they matter…that if they were not here, it really wouldn’t make a difference to anyone…

The psalmist relates to those feelings, and in desperation, he cries out to God for the answer, for it is He that created each of us on purpose, with a purpose.

Don’t doubt that you matter to God. Don’t doubt that He created you to make a difference in this world. Don’t ignore His direction… his leading.

It may not take you down the path you expected.

It may not nudge you in a way that is the most comfortable.

But, He will lead you, if you are sincere in your request… if you are patient… if you trust in His Word.

 

 

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Joy In The Midst of Anguish

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I Thessalonians 5:18- “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

 

Did you read this verse and think, “How can we give thanks in the midst of disasters and death?”

Doesn’t God see the devastation caused by floods, fires, and acts of violence in our country? 

Three things stand out to me:

1. God is asking us to be thankful, not necessarily for the circumstances, but in the midst of them to retain a thankful attitude for what we do have.

2. Giving thanks is not based on our present circumstances.

In giving thanks, we are not denying our current hurts. We are, however, showing our thankfulness for our position in Christ and the joy ahead of us because we have put our faith in Jesus. Faith that his death, burial, and resurrection saves us from our sins and assures our eternal life. 

We focus on the “joy that is set before us”…that deep inner joy that abides in spite of our disappointments and struggles. 

When we lead lives of gratitude and Thanksgiving every day, it will change our whole perspective on life. By focusing on our blessings and sharing what we have with others, we understand the true meaning of thankfulness.

3. And, finally, instead of asking, “Why me?”, we should ask “What for?”  Why does all of this happen? It is ultimately to display the reality of Jesus…to bring glory to God…to accomplish his ultimate will and purpose. 

This season, let’s give thanks in the midst of pain, anguish, and loss, looking ahead to the joy we have in Christ Jesus.

 

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He Defines Me

Galatians 2:20- “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Starry-eyed, she shows her engagement ring to her friend and says, “He completes me.”

Somewhere across town, he has a conversation about her. “She defines me.”

I’ve heard these phrases. Have you?

They sound profound, don’t they? Ah, true love speaks such things.

But, what do these phrases actually mean?

Maybe the person means that the other one compliments them…brings out something that was missing in their life…fills a void…is the last piece in the puzzle of their life… is their “Soul Mate”…that they need nothing more…

What about those who say, “I am a cancer survivor, I am a rape survivor.” Or, on another level, “I am a wrestler, basketball star, celebrity, opera singer…” and on and on.

Do these seemingly innocent statements say more about the person than they really intend? Or, do these things represent the reason they wake up each morning, their internal drive…to golf…to write music…to watch television?

Whatever they mean, exactly, I can only guess that the object of their affection is of upmost importance to that person. So much so, that their own self-identity is wrapped up in the other person, sport, hobby, profession, etc.

As Christians, we know that our identity is in Christ.

If we really believe that, He should be the reason we wake up every morning…He should be that internal drive that gives us purpose.

And, since He has promised never to leave us, we know that our identity will never change or wear out like a garment or won’t be eaten up by moths (Isaiah 50:9)

In life, there will be deaths, divorces, break-ups, and disappointments, but because Christ lives in us, we will always be redeemed…beloved…complete.

Because He defines us.

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