Saturday, January 13, 2024

Born for this? Yes, Yes You Were

Born for this? Yes, Yes You Were 
by David Brenneman 

When you look at your life, do you ever look for the fingerprints of your Savior?

Do you look for the hand of God in your life?  It's there if you but look. 

Jesus said that you are in His hands. 
Do you believe this?
Jesus said that no one is strong enough to take you from there. Again, do you believe that?

"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Our world wants us so consumed with self that there's no room for us to live for Jesus.   Take a step back and look at it all. Look at the emphasis on success, degrees, certifications, education, possessions!  Look at the content of the music of the world. The content of all forms of media for that matter.  It's all about how to get the most out of our sin nature, not about how to get to know your Savior more.  

We were not born in some obscure time or place.  You were born in such a time as this for His express purpose.  Not only that!  You were born for a real relationship with Jesus. 

Struggling with life is quite often our bucking the trend.  It's our standing our ground. We choose when and where to dig in our heels.  We choose what we dig our heels in about.

We choose and we are warned repeatedly in the Scriptures to take great care in what we choose to set our minds upon.  It's not some easy ride.  If it were, why would we be told to take every single thought captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus?

What are you embracing, wrapping your arms and head around that you won't let go of, that's gotten in between your relationship with Jesus and you?   Our world teaches us to do so from before kindergarten.  We continue it through adolescence and into adulthood.  

We are taught how to craft idols. How to name them so that they won't bother our conscience.  In the order of how the 10 Commandments are written, we find various truths about idolatry that the world loves.

We were born for a reason. Not because a male and female got together in a moment in time.  We are not the product of a petri dish or test tube or natural conception.  Our life is no accident!  Only only only is it the Creator God of the Universe who is behind the birth of anyone!  Satan cannot create life.  He is the Destroyer.  Irony is profound in the definition of artificial intelligence.  An intelligence of a kind that has no morals.  

You are uniquely you in the eyes of God!

You are singularly beloved by your Creator!
He doesn't want you to live a life doing nothing but completing tasks without any context of a life spent doing them for no reason.   We have a purpose in life with a foundation in Jesus Christ.  The building that results from His work in us is to be a magnificent creation to the glory of God. 

When we give an account of our lives before Jesus someday, it's literally His building inspection!  It's His looking at His masterpiece creation that is you. The goal of which is to be like Him. 

So really take care to be walking in Christ as He leads you to be doing.  Take care to let go of things that are only going to create problems for you that the Spirit teaches you that will be a problem for and obey.  Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.  

You weren't born to be something grand and magnanimous before the eyes of the world.  You were born to live a life that gives glory to God both now and in the future.   A life that causes people to want to hear of this Jesus to whom you speak so much about.  

When was the last time you had a serious one-on-one with Jesus?  When was the last time you asked Him about how you're doing?  Asked Him to forgive you of the things you're aware of in your life and the things done that you aren't aware of?  

You are a precious man or woman before Jesus because you were why He went to the cross.  Nothing else in all creation was what kept Jesus on the cross but you. 

If you haven't's time to live for Him.  

Your purpose in this here this now is two fold.   Grow in Christ, being who He’s wanting you to be.  Secondly it's to fulfill your ministry in the body of Christ in this world.  

You were born to have a right relationship with Jesus...what are you doing to feed that? 

It's said that time and tide wait for no man.   We can't relive the past.  We can only strive to do our best in our lives today.  

Have a heart-to-heart with Jesus.  

To a follower of Jesus Christ, following in His footsteps is where it begins. In Christ you can do what you were born to do. 

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.  

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified." Romans 8:28-30.

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

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