Monday, October 19, 2009
Is there not a cause. 1 Samuel 17:29
How could David stand up to a giant everybody else was running from? Because God's people were being threatened, and everybody around him was afraid to tackle the problem. When you're confronted with a situation that needs to be changed, what is it that makes you rise up and say, 'I'm going to do something about this'? Having a cause greater than yourself! Refusing to live trapped in fear or the small dimensions of a self-centred world! A survey was conducted among people who lived to be over 100. Now you'd expect to read about health diets, miracle drugs and strenuous exercise. But the thing all these centenarians had in common was - purpose. They had a compelling reason to get out of bed in the morning. Paul writes: 'For to me to live is Christ' (Philippians 1:21). For Paul, that was it! To exalt His name and promote His kingdom. Too many of us are like the guy who said, 'No matter what I'm working on, I'd rather be doing something else.' Are you like that? Or do you have a cause great enough to focus your energies and strong enough to keep you going when the odds are stacked against you? God made you for a mission. Have you discovered it yet? At age 12 Jesus said, 'I must be about my Father's business' (Luke 2:49). Twenty-one years later, dying on the cross, He announced, 'It is finished' (John 19:30). These two statements frame a totally fulfilled, God-glorifying life. So ask God to reveal to you His purpose for your life. Until you find it you haven't lived, and until you fulfil it you're not ready to die.