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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Living Your Purpose

Romans 15:17 "Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient—19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written:
“To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
And those who have not heard shall understand.”
22 For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you. 23 But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you, 24 whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while.25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. 26 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29 But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
 
I hope as you read the conclusion of chapter 15 you felt a sense of Paul's passion. He understands his life mission and purpose clearly. God has called him to take the good news of what Jesus has done to those who have never heard. He was a gospel pioneer constantly breaking new ground. I have often wondered what it would be like to get off a ship in a city that knew little to nothing about God and begin the task of helping them see Him.
 
Paul wants to go to Rome but instead he is going where God is calling him. In our day such commitment to God's will seems rare. We, even as Christians, tend to do as we please and casually ask/expect God to bless our plans instead of seeking His plans for us.
 
I can tell you from personal experience following His plan for your life is better than any plan you will make for yourself. At every step I have resisted and wanted something else but each time I surrendered to His leading I have been able to look back and see it was a great plan.
 
You are not called to be Paul or me or anyone else. Like snowflakes you are unique and God has a unique path for you. However we all have one common purpose. To know Him and to make Him known to others. Anything less is not really living...

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