Reflections on what I read from Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life
“A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.” Proverbs 11:28 The Message
“For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.” Colossians 1:16 The Message
“Jesus said, ‘Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.’” Matthew 16:25 The Message
“Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.” Romans 8:6 The Message
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11 The Message
We should focus on God. That is the only true way to get out of a cramped life of slavery to the things that surround us. What surrounds us are things of the world, and idolatry leads us only to death. We should seek the face of Jesus Christ and attempt to always be close to him, because he leads us away from the things of this world to follow him closely, so that we may be like him.
He was made in the exact likeness of God, and we are made in God’s likeness, therefore we are designed to be like Christ. This means rebelling against the sinful ways of the world—the ways that bring about endless destruction to those who follow it all their days. Being in Jesus protects us from this, because we become like him in the way we think and act and feel and do.
His own Spirit resides in us, so we start to see the world through his eyes, and all we do will begin to reflect our growth in our walk with God and closeness to his Spirit. He desires us to be opposite of the world, and by being so, we do not face endless destruction, but an eternity with the glorious King of the Universe, and we will glorify him even more in heaven.
God is the beginning of everything, and knew us before we came to be, and Jesus saved us while we were still sinners, and so he shows us his love in this way. The sooner we can realize that we are created for God’s purpose, the sooner we can find escape from this deadly world and freedom in all of life.