Sunday, February 8, 2009

"For this is what I came out to do."

Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-11, 20c, 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39

The title of this entry is what Jesus told his disciples after praying and beginning another day of healing the sick and casting out demons. Paul admitted to blending in to the various cultures he encountered so that he could save as many as he could.

What are we willing to do to carry out our mission in life? Have we acknowledged that we have a mission? We learn from the book of Jeremiah that we have a destiny that is pre-ordained by God before our spirit is sent to inhabit this earthly realm. We learn from the book of Jonah that we have to come to an agreement with God on our mission, or else we will suffer inconvenient consequences.

There are times where we wonder is what we are doing for God worth it. We ask the similar question that Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane, why us? When we look at all of the problems of the world, and the universe as a whole, we seem overwhelmed, due to our limited understanding.

However, we should learn from the many lessons in the Bible of the faithful that God will supply us with what we need to be successful. We will endure hardships, pain and suffering. We will have to make sacrifices and face humiliation. But we are equipped with a powerful spirit, the very spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. It is a spirit that teaches us to fear and respect God, as well as releasing our human fears.

It is a light for our dark places and substance to fill our emotional voids. It is part of our divine inheritance, but it must be tapped. Through prayer and understanding, we can do that and also reach our full potential. Part of our problem is that we want to be safe and fit into society. We must remember though that all societies need a leader.

Instead of following the trends, create one. We can co-exist in a culture without total conformation to it, for our values and beliefs should never be completely compromised. Once we thoroughly understand what our mission is, nothing on this earth is forceful enough to detract us from it.

The enemy seeks to destroy those of us that are faithful and will besiege us with adversity. But it is through adversity that our divine character is truly formed, iron sharpening iron. We have to be steadfast and immovable in our faith and our mission.

It will not be easy, but it is doable. If we seek to understand our purpose, then God will help us comprehend it. Then this journey on earth will be a positive one, not only for us, but also to those we meet along the way.