July 23, 2019   

I, the Lord, have called you in  righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.  I will keep you and will  make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,  to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison and to  release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”  (Isaiah 42:6-7)

Where are you going with your life?  What is your purpose?  Is it to  solely make a living, enduring the workplace in order to pad your home  with comfort?  Does your life have a sense of purpose outside the four  walls of your house?  Are you making a difference in someone else’s  existence?  God never intended for His children to live in isolation  with the trappings of insulation from others.  A person once said, “I  love big cities!”  When asked why they responded, “I enjoy being  anonymous.”

We often move toward living disconnected lives even from our  families.  The remedy for such a selfish malady is in the discovery of  one’s purpose initiated from God.  The moment of surrender brought His  righteousness as a gift of eternal consequence to the man of faith and  repentance.  It also brought His presence and partnership.  We belong to  the Lord who has both set us free from sin and assures us of His  moment-by-moment presence in our lives.  As a parent reaches for the  hand of his child to grant a sense of security through fears that he is  able to see ahead what the child cannot yet grasp, so the Lord deals  with us.  But there is more…

Our relationship with Him is the very vehicle He uses to impact the  lives of others.  Predicated upon a personal, vibrant relationship of  eternal security, the Christian leader launches his life forward with  great purpose and great promise.  As he walks steps ordered by His  master, it is the life of Christ within him that often awakens the hope  of others in dungeons of despair.  He is a living example of freedom and  a message of joy to those who have made peace with both bondage as well  as mediocrity.  Seeing one of like flesh with a sense of God’s presence  and power often draws others to reach heavenward when previously they  lived earthbound.

Oh leader, God desires to use you on this bright new day, in human hearts residing in dark places.  Walk on with God’s purpose!