God didn’t design us for a purposeless life. There is a reason for your existence that is meant to bring you a sense of fulfillment, help others and glorify God. Without something worthwhile to live for while we are alive, and without something to hope for after we die, our life on this earth is meaningless. “Do you know what your purpose in this life is?” Each of us is equipped with unique talents and skills meant to be used for God’s good purpose…not ours. There is more to life than pleasing ourselves. Everything we do should be for God. Everything we attain should be used for Him. What tools did He give you to use? Are you a helper? A teacher? An encourager? A musician? Do you have the gift of gab who communicates deep subjects simply? Do you attract people who want to tell you their life story? Find your tool and put it to good use. That is what it is for!
Our time in these physical bodies is temporary and it is limited. The choices we make really do matter. We can choose to waste our allotted time on superficial and temporary pleasures focused on gratifying our own selfish desires, or we can choose to put our time to good use for something that really matters.
Do you believe that God loves you personally and cares about your welfare? He does you know. That is why He sent His Son Jesus to die on a cross. Sounds like a terrible thing to do to a Son doesn’t it? Well, Christ was born for a Divine purpose that transcended this earthly life. He came to earth to prove to stubborn, arrogant mankind that God exists, and to make us understand that He, not we, are the center of the universe. He came to show us how to live and how to love. My husband says that ‘Love is an Action Word’, and Christ proved that. Because there is no greater love that anyone can have than to give up their own life so that others can live. He chose to give up His physical existence to prove that the end of this life is the beginning of an eternal one. His sacrifice made it possible for us to be forgiven of everything we have ever done and reconnect with God. The only way to enter the holy presence of God is to admit our mess-ups, turnaround from our past by not making the same stupid decisions again and let Christ into your heart. Then ask Him to guide your decisions.
But the choice to believe is yours. The choice to follow His guidelines is yours. And the choice to love Him and your fellow man is yours. No one can force you to do anything you don’t want to do. Not the Devil. Not even God. That is the great thing about free will. God designed us to have a relationship with Him, but He wants us to want Him. One thing I’ve learned the hard way is that if we want to live a better life, we have to make wiser choices. Where have your decisions led you? Do you like where you are? It took me half a lifetime to make the choice to believe and to follow God. Now that I’ve made my choice I am sticking to it…come what may.
I heard Rick Warren pray this last week and I am making it part of my daily morning ritual:
“Today I am stepping across the line. I’m tired of waffling and I’m finished with wavering. I’ve made my choice. The verdict is in and my decision is irrevocable. I’m going God’s way. There is no turning back now! I will live the rest of my life serving God’s purpose with Gods’ people on Gods’ planet for God’s glory. I will use my life to celebrate His presence, cultivate His character, participate in His family, demonstrate His love and communicate His Word. Since my past has been forgiven and I have a purpose for living and a home awaiting in heaven, I refuse to waste any more time or energy on shallow living, petty thinking, trivial talking, thoughtless doing, useless regretting, hurtful resenting or faithless worrying! Instead, I will magnify God, grow to maturity, serve in ministry and fulfill my mission in the membership of His family.
Because this life is preparation for the next, I will value worship over wealth; we over me; character over comfort; service over status; and people over possessions, position and pleasures. I know what matters most and I’ll give it all I’ve got. I’ll do the best I can with what I have for Jesus Christ today. I won’t be captivated by culture, manipulated by critics, motivated by praise, frustrated by problems, debilitated by temptation or intimidated by the devil. I’ll keep running my race with my eyes on the goal not the sidelines or those running by me.
I won’t back up, back off, back down, back out or backslide. I’ll just keep moving forward by God’s grace. I’m Spirit led, purpose-driven and mission focused so I cannot be bought. I will not be compromised and I shall not quit until I finish the race. I’m a trophy of God’s amazing grace so I will be gracious to everyone, grateful for every day and generous with everything that God entrusts to me.
To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I say…However, Whenever, Wherever and Whatever you ask me to do my answer in advance is yes! Wherever you lead and whatever the cost I’m ready. Anytime, anywhere, anyway. Whatever it takes Lord. Whatever it takes. I want to be used by You in such a way that on the final day I’ll hear You say “Well done, thou good and faithful one. Come on in and let the eternal party begin!”