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Truths from the Bible – Purpose Filled Living

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Your life matters. You live, breathe, think, and read these words right now for a reason. Life is not to be boring or meaningless, but filled with significance and value. Life filled with purpose is not just for the super-successful and highly important in society’s estimation. God almighty doesn’t just look after those who have accomplished great feats or those placed in high positions of leadership. He cares for everyone. He provides for all. From the macro to the micro level, he has declared his love for the world. That is why your life has purpose; God loves you.  He loves you, not because you are so deserving, but because his love flows from grace.

God demonstrated his grace when he saved you through your Savior, Jesus Christ. He saved you from every time you lived with no greater purpose than to please your own selfish heart.  He saved you from every time a lack of clear purpose caused you to be lazy, unproductive, and a burden on others.  He saved you from any and every failure to actualize the good, upright, and honest person God created you to be.  Jesus’ perfect life counts for you. He suffered and died as your substitute. His rising from the grave means you will rise from the grave. He has saved you for all eternity – that is a grand a great thing! Does he not also have great purpose for you in this life – the lesser thing? Yes! God says he has recreated you to do the very things he himself will place before you in your life. With every task and responsibility God has given your life purpose.

There is purpose in the mother who cares for her newborn and the father who teaches his son to double-knot his shoelaces. There is purpose in children who obey, just as there is purpose for the soldier who follows orders, the citizen who respects leaders, and the employee who goes to work.

Even your average day has purpose, for God has equipped and called you for each task of life. He does not intend life to be mundane mediocrity. Life is not meant to be compartmentalized into the significant and the insignificant pieces. Instead, God wants you to see his purpose for you as the fiber seamlessly woven through the fabric of your entire life.

You have important purpose in life. Primarily, it is to know God’s love for you through Jesus. Motivated by his love, you can willingly follow his lead through life and lovingly serve the people he brings into your life.  That’s living with real purpose!

We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10


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Jesus is…Redeemer

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JesusSpring is coming. (Hopefully!) Soon, at baseball games and track meets, many Americans across our country will join to sing our National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner. In that song we sing of “the land of the free and home of the brave.”

Do you feel free? Really free?  Or do you sometimes feel trapped?  Do you sometimes feel like a chain is shackled around your ankle? Do you feel the chains of work responsibilities that clink against home responsibilities?  Do you feel the chains of pain, or financial strain, or the chains of guilt as you look back at mistakes you’ve made?  All of those chains, and the clamp on our freedom we feel, are linked to the chain of death.  We only have one life to live and everyday the end is closer.

Soon, people around the country will join in singing another song.  On Easter Sunday their voices will ring out: “I Know that My Redeemer Lives.”  Samuel Medley wrote this hymn, but another man gave him the inspiration for the key line.  This man’s name was Job.  Thousands of years ago, in one of the darkest hours of his life, Job said, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.” (Job 19:25).

What is a redeemer? A redeemer is someone who delivers others out of trouble and grants them freedom by paying the great price that is on their head. Jesus is your Redeemer.

To think of Jesus as your redeemer, picture this:

The devil is pulling a huge caged wagon crammed full of prisoners.  You are one of those prisoners. Jesus stands in the middle of the roadway and asks, “Who are these people?”

“They are the world’s sinners.  I am taking them to hell with me,” the devil snaps back

Jesus looks at him and says, “I don’t want that. I will buy these people from you?”

“Ha-ha!” the devil sarcastically sneers, “You don’t know what you’re asking. The price is very high. And these people won’t even love you for it. They’ll doubt you, complain against you and even curse you!”

“That doesn’t matter. I will still buy them from you.”

“The only price high enough is your very life!”

Without hesitation Jesus responds, “I love them. I will pay the price.”

Jesus paid the price for you.  He paid with his life given up on a cross to release you from your prison and give you true freedom.  And then something incredible and amazing happened. Jesus rose from the dead.  That is the celebration of Easter – that your Redeemer is alive and your Redeemer says to you, “Because I live, you also will live!” (John 14:19)

Jesus is your Redeemer.  He gives you true freedom each and every day.  This Easter celebrate what Jesus, your Redeemer, has done for you.

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.” – Job


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