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Pathway to Purposeful Living


MARCH 27, 2024

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. ure[a] hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 

 - 2 Timothy 2:1-3 (NKJV) 


Purposeful living commences with an understanding of our values and uncovering the purpose bestowed upon us by God. There exists a profound sense of clarity, satisfaction, and joy when we fully embrace our calling, on the path to living with purpose.


Life transcends mere completion of tasks on our to-do lists; true value emerges when we grasp our identity in Christ and commit to living out that reality daily. It is in surrendering to God's will that we discover our purpose and comprehend the true worth of our existence, crafted according to His divine plan (Hebrews 10:7). 


The essence of life lies in emulating Christ's teachings and example. In the early 90s, a popular phrase surfaced: "What Would Jesus Do?" or "WWJD?". This notion aimed to encourage individuals to consider Christ's example in their daily decisions and actions, fostering alignment with His teachings and life.

Life transcends mere completion of tasks on our to-do lists; true value emerges when we grasp our identity in Christ and commit to living out that reality daily.

As believers journeying toward purposeful living, we are called to live our lives according to the standards set forth in the Bible and closely mirror the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. This mirrors the confidence of Paul when he urged the Corinthian Church, "Imitate me as I imitate Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1-2). Paul's assurance stemmed from his dedication to embodying a life reflective of Christ's teachings. 


Life's value extends beyond mere existence to living purposefully and confronting adversity with unwavering faith. Consider the trials endured by individuals from the Bible such as Apostle Paul, Esther (Esther 4:16), Daniel, Job (Job 42:1-2), and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3:16-20). Despite facing numerous setbacks and challenges, their faith remained steadfast.


You might ponder, "Well, those trials were confined to Bible times; I won't face a den of lions or a fiery furnace." Yet, consider the modern-day challenges: as an employee, student, or business owner, maintaining integrity amidst unethical practices at work, in business, or in school.


Such integrity might jeopardize friendships, job security, or lucrative deals. Like the Patriarchs of Faith, you face a choice—to stand firm in your faith regardless of the consequences, echoing Job's declaration, "I know you can do all things, God." 

 

The essence of life resides in living obediently to God's will. In 1 Samuel 15, God tasked Saul through Samuel to annihilate the Amalekites entirely. However, Saul spared Agag, the Amalekite king, and kept the choicest livestock, directly defying God's command. When confronted, Saul justified his actions by intending to sacrifice the animals to God.


Samuel rebuked him, emphasizing that obedience outweighs sacrifices and likening disobedience to witchcraft. Our earthly existence finds purpose not in the sacrifices we offer or our achievements, but in wholeheartedly obeying every command of God, even when it conflicts with our desires.


Prioritizing God's instructions over our plans and desires demonstrates our commitment to Him. God values our obedience and sincerity more than any sacrifices or offerings we may bring. The value of life lies not in what we relinquish or how we perform for others, but in our unwavering obedience to ALL of God's commands, without picking and choosing, but following them wholeheartedly. 


Ultimately, the true worth of life lies in serving God and others. An old hymn captures this sentiment beautifully with the line, "Take my hands and let them move, at the impulse of thy love." Let compassion and service form the driving force behind every decision and action, with a core focus on empathy for others. Jesus exemplified this compassion in every miracle He performed, whether feeding the multitude (Matthew 14:14) or the Samaritan aiding the robbed and injured man (Luke 10:25-37). 


Compassion, as defined by the dictionary, entails feeling with and for others. The talents, skills, gifts, and resources bestowed upon you by God are not solely for your benefit. Discover purpose in utilizing them to serve both the body of Christ and humanity. Consider Moses, empowered by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:12).


When you choose to serve others, God provides strength, echoing His promise to Moses that He will be with us. 

Song of Worship  

 For such a time as this I was placed upon the earth To hear the voice of God And do His will, whatever it is  For such a time as this For now and all the days He gives I am here, I am here, and I am His For such a time as this 

Song: For Such A Time As This By Wayne Watson 

Prayer - God strengthen our faith and empower us to choose obedience. Enable us to live out your commands and live by the example you have set for us. Teach us to prioritize obedience to your will daily in Jesus' name. So it is, and shall be in Jesus' name Amen
 

Bible in 1 year: Judges 1-3; Luke 4

 

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