2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
The beauty in becoming a true Christian is the change that comes with it. God, in His love, actually changes us when we become Christians. As His Holy Spirit dwells within us, we have the luxury of not only seeing our lives and purpose in a different way, but pretty much everything around us. We become a new person. What do I mean? Well, let’s look.
- Our thoughts change when we become Christians. Ephesians 4:23, Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. As a Christian, I don’t entertain the thoughts I used to. I recognize their wrongness and have to make the decision to refuse to dwell on such things.
- My life is no longer about me being the center of attention. My decisions are no longer about how only I am affected by them, but how others are. Philippians 4: 3, Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
- Desires change as we become new people. The things of earthly value begin to diminish in appeal as you grow in your relationship with God. And obtaining the newest thing or things in general just doesn’t seem to matter anymore. 1 John 2:17, And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
- Your purpose in life takes a turn. You begin to realize how much you matter and how much serving your purpose matters for God’s Kingdom. 1 Timothy 6:12, Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.
- Lastly, your view of sin changes. You practically ache from the reality of the distance that sin has placed between you and God. You can’t help but thank God for the opportunity to repent for the sins committed. Ezekiel 36:31, Then you will remember your past sins and despise yourselves for all the detestable things you did.
And while there is much more that takes place as we become new persons, these are just a few of the things that have taken place in my life. Won’t you accept Christ today to experience all this and then some?
Today is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2 For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.
Why get married? That’s been the question. If you can have a support system and companionship without sexual immorality, why get married?
To me, it’s obvious that God created marriage for more than just the right to have sex. In fact, I believe that if He didn’t create marriage for more than that, we wouldn’t see so many failed marriages. Satan attacks marriages and families because they are the most powerful foundational relationships God created between human beings.
But, in response to the original question, I have a question. What if we aren’t living up to our potential to know why God has given some of us a spouse? The Bible says that a wife of noble character will help her husband (Proverbs 31:12, NLT). But, what if he’s not living up to his full potential to know why he needs the help a virtuous wife? Perhaps that’s the real question we need to ask.
I don’t believe that people have to get married, but I do believe that there is a purpose behind marriage. Married couples are supposed to build one another up in their walk with God. And if spouses aren’t living up to their full potential, then it’s easy to wonder what the purpose of your marriage is. When you’re not in a situation or position where you need the support that only a marital spouse can provide, it’s easy to believe that any support would do.
If God blesses you with marriage, great. If He blesses you with singleness, just as good (1 Corinthians 7:7). Whatever He blesses you with, just know that if you’re not operating out of your full God-given potential, it can easily seem like a curse.
I don’t understand myself and my human nature. For some reason, I fear the very things that I have committed to never be. If I am completely in God’s will and that is my only goal, then the things I fear becoming will never be as long as that stays my main purpose.
It’s a strange phenomenon. Fear. It’s so powerful. So life changing. So, discontenting. It’s so fearful…
I know how strange that sounds, but it really is true. Fear is simply fearful. We’re afraid of being afraid. That’s why it’s so powerful. It’s one fear feeding off of another fear. Like people who say success makes them hungrier for more success. Fear empowers more fear.
And it’s scary. We don’t know how we got this way, and we don’t know how to not be. And the only thing I can say is, keep the Main thing the main thing. Forever have a purpose to do God’s will and the fear will fade. God has not given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). So don’t take ownership.
Feeling purposeless is one of the worst feelings in the world. And it’s for a reason that it feels so crumby. That feeling was never ever meant to be.
It’s because you have a purpose. And any time there is anything going on to make you feel purposeless, it’s not godly. God has given you a purpose and it is your job to live it out.
As much as I have felt this feeling and known how wrong it is to feel that way, I couldn’t help it. I’ve always known my purpose and then, I found myself questioning it. Something was obviously not right…
And all I could tell myself was that God had a purpose and God had a plan. So if you’re having a struggle with purpose right now, all I can say is, know your purpose and know your worth. It’s what I have to tell myself.
But while I’m telling myself that, it’s past time that I start believing it as well.
Proverbs 19:21 (NLT) You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
When we pray for purpose we rarely pray for something small. You know, we think purpose and we think of speaking to a crowd, or leading several people to Christ. You hardly think of praying for someone, or reading with them being the big task.
The person who went and prayed for a group of people at their job didn’t serve less of a purpose than the person who preached a sermon to 1000 people. They were both operating in God’s will and serving the purpose that He put them there to serve.They were both busy doing a work for God. They were both honoring God. The amount of people affected isn’t nearly as important as who will affect them, which is God.
God is showing me that “even if” is just fine. Even if my purpose is only to show up and pray in the office or classrooms, then that’s just fine. I’ve been struggling with purpose on my job. All I can think of is that I’ve prayed with a few people, met some new people, and that’s it. But if I am only here to pray for people, and that’s what God wants me to do, then He needs to know I can handle that.
If He can’t trust that I will walk in my purpose to pray for people, then how can he trust I’ll serve my purpose in leading people one day? God has said if praying is all I need you to do, who are you to question that?
I’m going to deal with purpose for a few days. It’s been heavy on my heart lately. Not necessarily for anyone else, but mainly for myself honestly.
I have purpose in every second of my life. In every part of who I am there is purpose. Whether I choose to believe that is up to me, but regardless of whether or not I do believe it, it does not change the fact that it’s the truth. I am walking, talking, breathing, purpose.
My purpose isn’t determined by what I think it should be, but why God created it to be. And I can seek solace in the fact that anything I do in God’s will is perfection. As long as I operate in His purpose for me, what I do is perfect. Isn’t that good news? No matter how insignificant it may be seem, no matter how much like someone else’s work it seems, as long as I’m in God’s will it is perfection.
When I’m at work I don’t see perfection. I see a little bit of frustration. I see a little bit of weariness. I see some good, but I see some struggling. My purpose looks bleak to me. But I’m so glad that God sees differently. What I’m able to see isn’t everything, Truth be told, it’s not anything compared to what God sees.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
I’ve been having a tough time. I’ve been holding my mirror and I haven’t enjoyed what I’ve been seeing. Even the things I kind of like, I’m not excellent in. I’m just seeing a good effort.
I’ve been praying heavily for comfort and encouragement. And what I don’t get is why I’ve been praying for it, receiving it, and still acting unphased, or even worse unappreciative. Since I started this new journey, God has provided scriptures, devotions, and sermons about adversity, purpose patience, etc. You name it, He’s gave it. But if I wasn’t going to appreciate it, what was I praying for it for?
Truth be told, I had to call myself out. God showed me my wrong and my foolishness. I was praying for God to give me something that He did and still not doing my part in it all.
So recently I had to ask God to help me pray and receive the right way. I really had to tell God, do not let me pray for something You will give me that I will not appreciate. Enough is enough.