If you are anything like me, you may work really hard to pick out the perfect outfit everyday; but especially before an outing or a big occasion. However, our spiritual clothing is far more important than the visible physical clothes we have on. Our inner lives and hearts are critical because the thoughts and intents of our hearts eventually flow out especially under pressure (Luke 6:45).
Raison d’être is a French phrase, which according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is defined as “the thing that is most important to someone or something: the reason for which a person or organization exists.”
I stumbled upon this phrase a few months ago and it immediately struck to the core of my being. I asked myself the same questions I’m asking you now; ‘Are you personally aware of the reason for your existence? If so, are you fulfilling the ultimate purpose of your life?’ We will tackle these two questions in this post starting with the first one.
As children of God, we are called to walk in holiness.
However, holiness is frequently viewed as a huge unattainable feat. As an attribute that describes God and Jesus, but not us. After all, ‘we are only humans.’ But regardless of how we may feel, the believers in the New Testament were often referred to as holy, which means that holiness is also for us today.
Being included feels good. It boosts our fragile self ego. We can clamor for inclusion into a club, honor society, a particular circle of friends, or even a ministry in church. Striving for inclusion can wear you out very quickly (trust me, I’ve been there).
However, no matter what you have ever desired to be included in, STOP!!, take a deep breath and rest in the fact that if you are a believer, you have been included ‘in Christ.’
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
I once awoke from spiritual slumber to the realization that I had led myself into the stronghold of unforgiveness and offense.
In Matthew 8:1-4 we are given the account of the healing of the leper by Jesus Christ.
As a result of his devastating skin disease, the man was ostracized and deemed unclean and untouchable. The leprous man knelt before Jesus and said to him “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
He did not question Jesus’ ability to heal, but he had some reservations about his willingness. He believed Jesus could heal him, but he doubted if Jesus would heal him. Jesus reached out his hand, touched the man and said to him “I am willing, be clean” and he was immediately cleansed of his leprosy!!
So the question is this: Why is this my favorite miracle?
I had often wondered why Jesus bothered turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee (John 2:1-11). Surely, it was not a life or death situation. They definitely didn’t need wine for survival. Worst case scenario, the guests would have gone home grumpy and annoyed at the host for not meeting their expectations.
I recently completed a program that involved basic science research on a specific mast cell receptor. Towards the end of the program, my thoughts were literally consumed by ‘mast cells.’
On awakening, while driving and before going to bed, I thought of mast cells. I spent so much time studying mast cells that all I did all day long was think of mast cells.
That’s the same way we are to renew our minds with the word of God.
I walked into the waiting area of the train station and noticed a card with the face of Jesus, which someone had deliberately left on a window in a strategic position. The words on the card read, “He is calling. Will you answer?”