Purpose

4 01 2010

Embracing The Jesus Resolution begins with understanding God’s purpose for our lives. Purpose is essential to our well-being. God knew that we needed the direction, drive, and long-term determination that having purpose provides. Without it, we drift aimlessly through our days and emptiness slowly devours our souls.

The world holds out many purposes as good and worthwhile – accumulate material things, gain education, achieve success, obtain power, or be recognizable. Follow any of these paths, the world says, and you will have a full, meaningful life.

Despite the flashy offers and subtle pressure our society places on us, there is only one purpose that is worth the investment of our hearts – The Jesus Resolution. God spells out His purpose for our lives in Romans 8:28-29 when He says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

This is an amazing promise and a cause for wonder. God tells us that when we walk in relationship with Him, there are no ordinary moments. Every minute, every event, everything that happens in us and around us can and will be used to God’s good purpose in our lives. Surrendering our hearts to The Jesus Resolution opens the door for God to take everything that happens and use it to shape us into the image of His Son.

Living fully in The Jesus Resolution means being clear about my purpose. I must resist the urge to invest myself in lesser goals and lower adventures. I must look at my time differently – every moment is an opportunity for God to work on my heart. I can see my days with new eyes. No matter what happens today – whether ordinary or special, touched by tragedy or celebration – God can take what happens today, redeem it, and use it in me for His glory.


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4 01 2010
Oleta Coleman

Beautifully said! In my case, sad to say — more easily said than done. However, by His grace, I will continue to work on it.

4 01 2010
Casandra Martin

By His grace, He continues to work in each of us. Smile, dear friend. You look like Jesus to me.

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