Monday, September 19, 2016

Why I’m Here - Martin Wiles

Should I pray, “Father, save me from what lies ahead?” But that is the very reason why I came. John 12:27 NLT

Our reason for existence sometimes takes time to discover. 

As a child, staying with my paternal grandparents was second nature. When I was pre-school age, my grandmother was my babysitter. I rode with her in her 1930’s green Chevy and helped her ring doorbells—though I never heard her say, “Avon calling.” 

One day, now as a middle school aged child, while reclining on the bed beside my grandmother, I confessed: “I think God wants me to be a Bible teacher.” I had accepted Christ several years prior and was now considering the question of why I had been placed on earth. Though it took cascading through some years of rebellion, I finally succumbed to God’s will. I’ve been a Bible teacher and a pastor. God’s plan for me has changed and developed, but I’m still reminded of that moment when I discovered why God placed me here. 

Though God, Jesus was also human and, like everyone, had to discover why He was here. When the Father revealed that, I’m not sure, but He did. As Jesus thought of the cross, He was repulsed, but He knew it was why He was here. 

Above all else, I’m here to glorify God. He created me, and each one of my thoughts and actions should reflect Him to others by their purity and holiness. Jesus said we should let our lights shine so that others can see Him through us and glorify the Father in heaven. 

I’m here to serve God. Beyond loving Him with my entire being—which Jesus said was the greatest commandment, I’m to love and serve others. Jesus even went so far as to say that’s how we serve Him. Sharing God is vital to my walk with Him. I share by telling why Jesus was here, by showing the difference He can make in a person’s life, and by giving myself to Him and others. 

I’m here to allow God to form me into Christ’s image. Sometimes I don’t enjoy the avenues He chooses to do that, but bucking Him won’t yield the results He wants. Submission and obedience—regardless of His effort’s intensity, will. 

When we live out the reason God put us here, we’ll enjoy life and live it fully. 

Prayer: Father, thank You for creating us with purpose. Guide us to live out Your plan for our lives. 

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