As Jesus prayed to the Father: “… I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me...” (John 17:20-21, NLT. See also John 17:13-19.)
God's Word is precious, as nuggets of pure gold (See Proverbs 2:1-5). Through the Word of God, we can understand where we have come from, why we are here, and where we are going. Through God's Word also we can understand God's will for our lives in this time, and for all the peoples of planet Earth.
God made humans, sculpturing them, male and female, from the dust of the ground, and breathed into them the breath of life; man became a living soul created in God's own image—clothed in a physical body.
God entrusted His humans—the man and the woman—with the responsibility of caring for His creation, placing them in the Garden of Eden to work it and to take care of it (See Genesis 2:15). God also commanded them to "be fruitful and increase in number." (See Genesis 1:28.)
But the serpent was also in the Garden, filled with all the evil intents of that one who was cast out of Heaven because of arrogance and pride, desirous to exalt himself even above its Creator (See Isaiah 14:12-14).
Being deceived by that serpent, the humans betrayed God and shunned their responsibility (See Genesis 3), plunging all humanity into rebellion against God. As a result, a great gulf was fixed—incapable of being bridged by any human effort—separating God and mankind to this day.
God still loved His human creatures, however (See Genesis 3:21), and began His work to woo them back to Himself. Eventually, God gave them a second chance with the coming of the second Adam, Jesus—the Christ (Messiah)—the only "bridge" capable of spanning that "great divide." (See Romans 5:10-21; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34.)
This second Adam—Jesus— commissioned His followers, “… Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you (John 20:21.) And Jesus also said, “… Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life …” (John 6:27, NIV.)
As Jesus prayed: “…And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth…” (John 17:3, NLT.)
Personally Purposed for These Times
Sharing the matchless name of Jesus is of utmost importance (Acts 4:11-13), whatever one’s temporal vocation/career. At such, age is no barrier—simply, one’s task as long as God keeps him/her here in this temporal time.
Although one may not call him/herself an “evangelist”, all Christ followers are called to be a witness for Jesus nevertheless. For me, the writer of this piece, as God spoke to Moses at the burning bush, I consider that as well God speaking to me, as He had impressed me with at my reading Exodus 4:10-12. That passage reminds me of myself, as I being as Moses not so eloquent with words, not so spontaneous in speech. Exodus 4:12 being the clincher that perhaps can be as God’s great commission call for me, and then, 2 Corinthians 12:9 my strength, my enablement to witness in my so going.
Thus is my need/call—my personal purpose for my living in these times—to share Jesus, most important in this time, and to be an encouragement to others to do the same. For me, such to be done in my going: (1) visible (through my life); (2) virtually (via the Internet/social media); and (3) vocally (as I’m attentive to the Holy Spirit’s leading). And my following His call I’m sure He will make known to me in His time in my journeying with Him along this temporal earthly way.
|Drawing by Miriam Parrish|
In such, God assures me particularly via Matthew 6:25-34 that He is my sustainer and supplier in working for His Kingdom on earth while watching for the King’s return. Hence, to me, the sharing Jesus in these times is the greater importance.
"Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Matthew 6:26