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Discover a bit about the joy-filled purpose of your life through this Easter devotional. Jesus knew the purpose for his life on earth. He endured the cross with that purpose in mind.
The Gift of Joy
As Easter approaches, I find myself thinking about the death and resurrection of Jesus. The purpose of his life was to offer himself as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. The Bible says that Jesus became sin for us so that we could be forgiven and found righteous in God’s sight (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus was so certain of his purpose that he predicted when and how he would die (Matthew 26:2).
As believers and followers of Jesus, what is our purpose?
Some would answer that it is to love God while others might say that it is to serve him. The Westminster Shorter Catechism states that man’s chief purpose is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. While considering these ideas, Hebrews 12:2 came to mind: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (NIV)
Jesus looked beyond the suffering, shame and death he knew was to come and focused on the joy that would be.
What is this joy that so motivated him?
The Bible says that there is great joy in heaven whenever a sinner repents (Luke 15:10). Likewise, the Lord rewards good works and there is joy in hearing him say, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Therefore, Jesus anticipated the joy that would happen when each person would repent and be saved. He also looked forward to the joy that would result from each good work done by believers in obedience and motivated by love.
The Bible says that we love God because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). Ephesians 2:1-10 tells us that by nature we are rebellious towards God and are born spiritually dead. It is by his love and grace that he brings us to faith and reconciliation. God has even planned our good works (Ephesians 2:10)!
What then is our purpose?
We can give him joy! What a wonderful God we have who honors sinners like us by giving us the ability to give him pleasure! He rejoices and experiences joy as we respond to him in repentance, love and good works that brings him glory!
Give Jesus the gift of joy for he is looking forward to it!
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HER husband asked if She would do a 21-day cleanse with him. She wasn’t excited.
She thought, she already eat pretty healthy. And 21 days is a really long time to eat like a rabbit. Plus, She don’t want to make a commitment she won’t keep.
So, she gave him a safe answer: “She’ll think about it.”
And honestly, that’s all She would have done had he not asked Her 217 more times.
Have you ever said “You’ll think about it” and still found yourself “thinking about it” months later? Me too. But I didn’t want this to be another challenge where I just thought about it, I wanted it to be able to say, “I did it! I finally did it!” I knew I needed to place my trust in the Lord to help me accomplish this – and He was faithful.
As tme passes by, I wonder if you are tired of just thinking, and are ready to accomplish some things you’ve been putting off. If so, I’d love to share what I learned.
Here are 5 crucial things you can do to stop thinking and start doing:
1. Success breeds success.
Get around others who are doing that thing you need to do. Hearing someone talk about and prepare for the cleanse made it more front and center in my life. Being around people who are doing what you need to do makes the first move less scary. And they can help you push through the not-so-fun times.
Remember to pray and connect with God daily. This is key to developing a healthy attitude. Taking challenges head-on won’t always be pretty, but going to the Lord for comfort and motivation is what kept me going.
2. Stock up for success.
I, my wife went to grocery stores that carry healthy foods to stock our refrigerator with everything we’d need to be successful. Now, I wish I could say this trip was without conflict. It was not. We wanted to spend what seemed like hours making out a list. I’m emotionally allergic to spending hours making out a list. Just take the list provided in the instruction book and get what you need for heaven’s sake.
Anyhow, no matter what your new thing is, chances are you’ll need supplies to invest in your success.
3. Schedule for your success.
Before I started this cleanse, I found a 21-day time period several of our kids were away during a school break (which meant I didn’t have an obligation for others!) You better believe I did a happy dance over that.
It’s important to schedule whatever you’re tackling and keep this appointment. Be diligent about not letting life crowd out this important commitment.
Set a start date. Track your progress with mini-goals. Set a completion date with a reward built in to keep you motivated.
4. Share your success.
As you have successes, share them with your friends. They may get excited and join in too! During the 21-day process, I told a friend that I drank both my cleanse smoothies with only one dramatic gag. This was a big accomplishment! At the end of our conversation, she said she’d like to join me.
How cool! I went from being a moper to a motivator. And that propelled me to keep going that much more.
5. Build on your success.
Once you’ve accomplished your one thing, you’ll have GREAT momentum. Use this to help you tackle something else you’ve been putting off.
While it might feel like you can’t face this big challenge, I want to encourage you. Ephesians 3:20 teaches that God’s mighty power is at work within us. Many times we try to do things alone and work solely within our limitations as humans.
The Lord wants us to lean on Him. To ask for help to do the impossible. I know it might be hard, but we need to bravely claim God’s promise to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
And with God’s Spirit in us, I think 2013 just might be the year we say, “I did it! I finally did it!”
Dear Lord, I’m grateful for another year and another chance to lean on You. Equip me with Your strength as I face my biggest challenges. All things are possible with Your Spirit in me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Reflect and Respond:
Is God calling you to face a challenge in your life?
1) Write down one challenge you’d like to tackle.
2) Make an action plan. Use the 5 tips above to formulate the steps you’ll take to create motivation.
Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” (NIV)
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