The day you were born and the day you discover why determine your survival, success, and significance.
John 17:18 – As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
My first observation today is a very sad one. While everyone has a birth date and a date of death, I believe there are few that ever come to the day of discovery of WHY they were born. And the reason is just as sad; it is because most people are born, live, and die in darkness. But to come to the day of discovery of WHY you were born requires light, and that light is the light that only God can give. I pray my words today will help someone come to that point of discovery and revelation.
For that purpose, we must go to the Scriptures. The Word is plain in revealing the purpose of Jesus’ coming into the earth. Luke 4:18-21 states the purpose of His anointing. Beyond that we read that Jesus came into the world for certain purposes; to seek and save the lost; to redeem mankind from the curse of the law; to destroy the works of the devil. These are specific purposes and functions Father designed for Jesus to carry out through the abiding presence of Holy Spirit in His life. Of course, those works can be viewed in a broad array of images, but can be summed up in providing “life and life abundantly.”
And it is in that identity that each of us must begin our journey on the path of life our Lord intends for us. Look at the words of Jesus in our Text for Today, and add to that He words in John 20:21 where He said, “As the Father has sent me, even so send I you.” How could His basic intent for your life be more clearly stated? You and I have been sent in the same manner in which Jesus was sent. He was born of the Spirit; so have you and I been. He was sent to fulfill Luke 4:18-21; so have you and I been. He is King of kings, Lord of lords, and High Priest forever; and you and I are kings and priests in His kingdom. He was Father’s representative in the earth; so you and I are His representatives in the earth now. Once again we read, “As the Father has sent [Jesus], so [Jesus] has sent you [and me].” From that point for-ward, our roles may be different, but the end is the same; “to bear much fruit.” When we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and in that fellowship of obedience our fruitful-ness will be seen and our individual purpose identified. You have been sent for a purpose. Discover it, be schooled in it, walk in it, and glorify your Father in it.
Manna for Today – John 17; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Philippians 4:13; Isaiah 55:11; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; John 10:10; John 20:21; John 15:5-17