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!