THIS – Is the “Purpose Driven” life

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripturepurpose.jpgToday’s Readings: Luke 9:51-62; 1 Thess. 2:10-20; Ps 137; 1 Chron. 29.

Jesus did everything He did, on purpose. Yes, He lived within the Providence of
the Father, but at the same time, life did not just “happen” to Him. He went
where He went on purpose, said what He said on purpose, and did or did not do
what He did or did not do on purpose. Sometimes, we can use the sovereignty
of God as an excuse to keep from risking the aftermath of decisions. We can
think that if we don’t decide things, and let them just “work out”, that we are
being spiritual. But it is not so. And Jesus’ example helps us see what a life of
faith really looks like – living for God on purpose. Now this becomes a real
comfort for us when we think especially of the Christ going to the Cross. He
did not just end up there – as our text in Luke today notes for us – “When the
days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” Oh
how grateful I am to read such words. For they reveal a love that is truly
unspeakable in its glory. God didn’t just make a good thing out of His death.
Jesus didn’t die by accident, because the heat of the moment demanded it – He
came, out of His infinite love TO die. He came that He might lay His life down
for sinners. He came so that He might purchase our salvation on purpose. He
was born to die and He did not shrink from it. When the days grew near – He
made it a point to deliberately go up to the Holy City in order that He might face
the wrath of the Father for the fallen sons of Adam’s race. And this is what we
see modeled then in the lives of His Disciples as well. They all began to live life
with the fullness of God’s purposes fully in view. They didn’t just live – and let
life happen the way we so often do. They took it up, as a gift and a mission, a
commission from the Father. O Christian take these to heart. Plunge into life
with a sense of the will of God in his great unfolding plan and stop just existing –
and live! Live to spread the Gospel. Live to know God. Live to love the lost and
the Brethren and the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and soul and
strength. Look at all of life through that lens – and waste not a single moment
of it. Set your face toward the Holy City. Live life as Jesus did. He died there, so
that we may live.


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