29. General Purpose (2)

The Lord wants an intimate relationship with you. You were created to be His Spiritual mate, the one He loves and cares for. You are the pinnacle of His Creation and He longs for you to know Him intimately. You are His Bride and He wants to care for you like a loving Bridegroom cares for His beloved.

We are busy with the general purposes we all have while we are still on this earth. The first one I discussed is to know the Lord more intimately and to have a special relationship with Him. The second one is:

2. To become more and more like Christ

The Lord Jesus came as an example to all of us. He came to save us as you all know, but He also came to show us the right way of living. He came to show us the way to truly walk on this earth as a devoted Christian. And that should be our focus in this life. We should try and follow the example of Christ. And through following His example of caring for others we will receive true fulfillment in this life. Nothing (except for truly having a relationship with God) is more fulfilling than making another human being smile. Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you made a difference in someone's life.

It doesn't have to be something big. Right there where you are, try and make someone's day. Give an honest compliment to someone, help an old person across the street, smile at the cashier at the supermarket, boost your child's confidence, help someone out with the work that they were battling with, give your lunchbox to someone who can't afford it, pay for someone's meal at a restaurant, pay a visit to the sick in the hospital, send an sms to someone you know is going through a rough time, the list can go on and on. But try and look around you every day and look for opportunities to make a difference in someone's life. There are several opportunities presenting itself on a daily basis. We simply need to be attentive and try to follow Jesus' example. We need to develop the fruit of the Spirit in our lives:

Galatians 5:22, 23 - "But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."

I know it is not always easy to follow in His footsteps. He was perfect and I know that we will never be. Our sinful nature will never be able to completely be like Him. Even the Apostle Paul didn't come close to Jesus' example:

Philippians 3:12, 13 - "I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear friends, I am still not all I should be."

So even though we can never reach perfection, we can try like Paul to mature in our faith. We need to get off the spiritual milk and start eating solids. It is embarrassing to stay on milk. My son was (and still is) crazy about his milk. Now when he was a baby it was how it should be, he should love his milk and get a lot of it. But once he turned 3 years old it started to be an embarrassment for me. He didn't want to let go and move forward to solids. He would have been happy to drink milk for the rest of his life. (Imagine him still drinking his milk bottle at the age of 18!) It is not acceptable and people will definitely raise their eyebrows. But except for that, it was starting to be a health risk to him. He will not develop properly if he only continued to drink milk and not eat any solids. At a later stage he will physically get sick from not getting the proper nutrition he is supposed to be getting. And the same applies to our spiritual wellbeing. We cannot simply stay on milk, we have to move forward. Our spirit needs the nutrition and will not develop as it should if we don't feed it. We will stay babies. And just as I worried about my son who didn't want to leave his milk, so the Lord is also concerned about us. He doesn't want us to stay babies, He wants us to grow and become spiritual giants. He wants us to experience the spiritual blessings that are available to us. He wants us to become more like Christ. We should follow Paul's example:

Philippians 3:13,14 - "I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven."

We need to run the race and we need to complete the race, giving it all we've got. Don't run with a half hearted attempt, but strain to reach the finishing line. Give it your best. That is all that He asks of you.

Lord Jesus, please help us each day to become more and more like You. Help us to reach out to our fellow human beings in need and help us to have Your heart for them. You are truly amazing. Amen

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