Every day I am learning that my life is not my own. I was bought with a price. Bought with the blood of the Holy Lamb. Not for my glory but for His. Called for a mission.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.
Most days this mission fills me with joy and excitement. Other days, I struggle with dying to myself, my personal dreams and specially my timeline for how I believe things ‘ought’ to be and ‘when’ they ought to happen. In days like these, I have to be intentional in preaching to my own heart and surrendering my dreams at the foot of the cross (dreams for us to grow a family, to pursue a career, to serve in different areas – all good dreams that can become my idols if I am not careful); continuing to ask God to take it all and to mold my heart and my desires according to His will and plan for my life. I am learning to embrace all He has for me , even if that means giving up other things I would want.
In Jeremiah 29:11-14 the Lord declared, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you”.
I love the hope this verse gives us. It reminds us that we can trust that God knows the plans He has for us and that these are good plans. We know that He is working on our lives every single day. He uses every season, every trial, every moment of joy and every tear to mold our character and draw us closer to Him. We can be confident in every season of our lives that He is working these for our good— the good of knowing him and finding him. Working in us to give us hope – an imperishable, unspoiled, unfading hope in Jesus Christ.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade”.
– 1 Peter 1:3-4
May God gives us the grace to walk humbly and faithfully in this life; learning to love Him and trust Him with all of our hearts. May He use each of our lives for His glory, sharing of the gospel and building of the church. May we learn that even when it feels hard, living our lives for Him is absolutely worth it and more precious than anything else we could have on this earth.
Personally, I pray that with every passing day, the saying ‘for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain’ becomes a more tangible reality.
Even if its hard to see…. “Even now, He is writing a continual story of grace, regardless of our ability to see it in the moment. But as we learn to trust Him more, we find that His grace is never-ending, His forgiveness abounding, and His love unwavering”. – Wynter Pitts @shereadstruth
Only through Christ,