What is Our Purpose?

Have you read “The Purpose Driven Life,” By Rick Warren yet? If not, I encourage you to pick up or order a copy. I have a newer version.

I have to share something that impacted my soul. Something that was eye opening on this day, yet something I had read recently in my bible and just breezed over.

Isn’t that often how it is? We read something, and think nothing of it, then later (and it can be much later), it impacts our soul. That is what I call, developing a relationship with our Lord, Jesus. Keep on reading His word.

Here is the verse in the bible: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)(NIV)

What helped opened my eyes was what Rick Warren had to say about that verse. He says, “When the disciples wanted to talk about prophecy, Jesus quickly switched the conversation to evangelism. He wanted them to concentrate on their mission in the world. He said in essence, “The details of my return are none of your business. What is your business is the mission I have given you. Focus on that!”

Rick Warren further says, “Speculating on the exact timing of Christ’s return is futile, because Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Since Jesus said he didn’t know the day or hour, why should you try to figure it out?”

“What we do know for sure is this: Jesus will not return until everyone God wants to hear the Good News has heard it. Jesus said, “The Good News about God’s kingdom will be preached in all the world, to very nation. Then the end will come.”

So, if we want Jesus to come back sooner, we need to get on the ball and share our belief with those who do not believe, and provide service to both those who do believe and those who do not believe.

Rick Warren gives a lot of wonderful examples – and advises us not to quit our jobs to do our Lord’s work. When we follow the path the Lord set for us, using our strengths in the work place, we will see opportunities to share His word with people that we meet, as the opportunity arises.

Rick Warren says, “There are people on this planet whom only you will be able to reach, because of where you live and what God has made you to be. If just one person will be in heaven because of you, your life will have made a difference for eternity.”

Isn’t that awesome? So, keep your eyes open everyone, so that you can do your part. And remember that overdoing it can turn people off. Reach out when it feels right. Get some tips from Rick Warren.

Sources: The Purpose Driven Life; What on Earth am I Here For?, By Rick Warren and My NIV Study Bible.

Believing in the power of prayer

Let us believe in the power of prayer. It can be so powerful, and yet God has a plan. He is able to grant some of our needs and wishes and others He is not. Often we suffer a loss that we cannot understand and only years later can see possibilities as to why it was a part of His plan.

As some of you out there in the internet world know, I have been suffering the loss of my sister for several months. I am her Personal Representative so waiting for probate so that I can close on her home and finish my job has been an exercise in patience; along with continuing to grieve along the way. My adult children have watched me stress over it all, and two weeks ago decided that enough was enough and began to daily pray for the lawyers (my sister had property in 2 states), to get it together and move towards getting my sister’s home sold since we received another offer on it. It feels like a miracle to watch the emails flying back and forth as I continue to sign legal documents. In the last two weeks (thanks to prayers), it has all moved forward much faster than the past 11 months. The power of prayer.

Our nation has a need. We have become a divided nation. Democrats and Republicans unable to agree on policy that is needed for the survival of our nation. In just about every other issue on this earth, when two parties cannot agree, a mediator is appointed. A mediator would work with the two sides to help them hear each other; help them to meet in the middle somewhere so that problems can be solved and bills can be passed to better our nation and its people.

Let us pray for our nation. We could pray for some type of mediation, or we could pray that another political party will step up, find a candidate that can lead our nation, and guide both Democrats and Republicans in a way that helps them to work together instead of working against each other.

Pray for our nation. And in the future, vote for men and women who listen to each other, and who work for the betterment of our nation, rather than spending all their time working for their own personal purposes, or to promote their own hatred towards others.