The clamor of hurried hands can be heard coming from the back room of the garage. Dad stood at the door to the front of the garage listening and suspecting that his two young children were up to something they perhaps shouldn’t be.
He speaks with a firm clear voice, “What are you two up to back there?”
Instantly there was silence in the garage. Then whispers. Then, “Oh, nothing pa!”
It sounds familiar? Typical even perhaps? It seems that one of the first things we learn as children is to deflect and distort the situation so that we can appear to be doing something benign.
There are times when this behavior is to keep a pleasant surprise out of view of the ones that the surprise is being prepared for. But these deflection techniques become ingrained in our persona as we grow into adulthood. Early on we come to understand that while it may be a thinly veiled attempt to keep the focus off of what we actually are doing, it may just work, and we can keep on doing what we have been doing.
Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world. Hold firmly to the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing.
Philippians 2:14-16 (HCSB)
We have a distinct purpose in this life which serves the intent of our creation. We have a specific charge that is placed before us as a result of our commitment to Christ Jesus. There is a reason why we remain here, rather than residing right this very moment in the presence of our Lord and Savior. We absolutely cannot say to Jesus, “Oh I’m not doing anything!”
We either find ourselves serving those purposes for which He created us and has appointed us to His purposes. We are equally as foolish as those children in the back room of the garage are, thinking that their dad isn’t going to know that they are up to something. Our Father in Heaven can see everything we are doing, hearing everything we are saying, knows the intention of our hearts at each and every moment of our lives.
The proclamation that we aren’t doing anything wrong only serves to distort and deflect our own shortcomings in living the purposed life that He has laid out for us.
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matthew 5:14 (HCSB)
Christians are infused with the light of Christ. In the first chapter of the book of John, it says that Jesus came to be the light of the world to bring clarity to a darkened world.
Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1:4-5 (HCSB)
Jesus purposed his life to bring the light to us. To bring life to where death resided in the heart of mankind.
The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:9-13 (HCSB)
He infused the Light of Life in “those who believe in His name”, giving us a purpose and a calling.
He knew with crystal clarity that He was not going to continue here on this earth in human form for very long. Soon he would return to His Father. Therefore, implanting this light in us was a critical part of His mission here.
From our perspective, doing so He imparted a critical mission for us. He calls us to lead purposed lives, that are dedicated to a specific task.
Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver bowls, but also those of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:20-21 (HCSB)
We should be preparing ourselves in purity by prayer, meditation on the Word of God, and repentance. We actually cannot purify ourselves, but our submission to the will of Christ Jesus coupled with our faith in his promises results in grace being imparted to us and that light of life being implanted in us.
Therefore, as God the Father looks upon us, He doesn’t see filthy garments, He only sees the purity of His Son living in us and we are clothed with Christ’s robes of righteousness.
But our Lord’s time here was very brief, even by the standards of the day. A mere 33 revolutions of our planet around our sun, was he with us, telling us:
Then He said to them all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
Luke 9:23 (HCSB)
The purposed life of Jesus was to bring life to us and in imparting that life in us, to make disciples of all that accepted the gift of salvation that He gives.
Before he left us to ascend into heaven, He charged us with a task, a purpose!
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (HCSB)
We are the Light. We carry within us the life that was brought into this world by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That light is to shine in the darkness so that we carry on that which He came to establish for us.
But those last two verses of Matthew make it abundantly clear we are not to be ‘Doing Nothing’. While shining is a beautiful thing, it is intended to be a purposeful thing as well.
We are to “Go” and “make disciples”. This defines “A Purposed Life” in which we glorify Jesus and spread His Good News to the world.
In His Grace,
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