From Deep Down Inside
Dear Kindred Spirits in Christ,
I wonder how many of us question our purpose, and wonder if we're fulfilling the will of God in our daily lives. When these thoughts enter my mind, I turn to specific scriptures to meditate upon their deeper meanings. Ecclesiastes 12:13 states: ...here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. The word fear often translates to love or revere, which takes me to Revelation 4:11.Thou are worthy O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
God made us for His pleasure! And He desires our love and loyalty. I've been reading in Jeremiah, and it's tough to see how our ancestors, along with countless others, kept turning away from God, worshiping idols and rejecting His prophet's urging to return to Him wholeheartedly. Why did they keep slipping away so easily? Why do so many of us today?
There have been times when I've felt so insignificant, so intimidated by what others have accomplished, and by what others may think of me. Yet I'm reminded that Father God made me - and He wants me to overcome the trials of this flesh life and thrive. He knows the number of hairs upon each of our heads, He knows when even a sparrow falls. He knows our every need. Matthew 6:33 says: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
Yet many of us slip into the world and its ways, neglecting our faith as we're left wondering what went wrong. In these dark times, as the evil of this world gains strength and momentum, it's imperative that we wear our gospel armor tightly, and at all times. Is our purpose really as simple as just loving God and following His commandments? There are many more commands in the Word above and beyond the 10 found in Exodus 20. Maybe that's why so many get off track and think the way of the world is an easier way out. And maybe it is, for a season. But we reap what we sow, and it catches up with us, sooner or later.
So tonight, I'm going deep down inside to consider further my purpose in life. I'm reminding myself that I'm a child of the living God, and that my life has meaning. He will help me accomplish my calling, if I keep reaching out, believing and trying. I may only be a small town gal, with limited resources, but when God places His hand upon my endeavors, the possibilities are endless. Maybe not in the eyes of the world, but that doesn't matter, does it? Join me as we consider our paths in this life together, for the high calling of Christ Jesus.