Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What Is Your Purpose?

Ever wonder about your purpose, your place in this world? Ever ask yourself the question, "Why was I born?" Ever sit in church and question why you were there? It's good if you have because the only way you will get answers is if you ask questions. Yahweh doesn't mind the questions because his desire is for us to seek. We just have to make sure we are seeking in the places he has provided the answers. Let's start with Israel.

Yahweh did not grow Israel to be a pampered nation; they had purpose:

"Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." (Exodus 19:5-6)

As I have stated before, Yahweh's purpose for Israel was to reflect his glory to the world. The world knew there was a Creator but they did not know who. Israel was a nation grown to know him intimately and through whom the Lord would revealed himself. But Israel blew it because they made it all about them. They became so focused on themselves that they lost their relationship, dependence and guidance. There were great moments when Yahweh was able to reveal himself, such as when they entered the Promised Land. All the nations feared them because of Yahweh, but those moments were few and far between.

Then Yahweh did a new thing.

The old covenant was destroyed and Yahweh brought in a new one through Jesus Christ. In Jesus it does not matter which nation we come from because he has created a new people who call him King. There are no borders and we live according to the rules and principles of the Kingdom of God. We are not united by a common land but by the same Spirit who lives in us. We are called the Church, the Bride of Christ, the children of Father. And what is our purpose?

The purpose of the Church is no different that Israel's, only now we have a better vision, understanding and covenant to share with the world. Our purpose is still to be a nation of priests, servants whose sole purpose is to do Father's will:

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

Our purpose is to glorify Yahweh in everything he has given us to say and do. Our first need is to accept that he has saved us from our sin and has called him to us as his children. The second is to realize we have given up everything to follow him, to be his servants, to seek and do his will. The third is to obey; to actually do what he has commanded. Our purpose is to be instruments of his glory, so the world will see and understand the name of the Creator. Then we pray they will make the same decision we have made, to love Yahweh with all that we have and are. Enjoy your day of service.

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