Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
Day: 13 July 2022
Why do you do what you do? An important question for us all. One which I have been asked a number of times and only just this week. It took me a couple of minutes to think about the answer. Because I hadn’t considered it for a while. The answer I gave is this “my life has a God-given purpose, it is present in my job, present in my ministry, present in my relationships, present in all I say and do” it is this. ‘To use my life experience to glorify God and encourage others to get to know Him’. Simple but not always easy.
I then asked the person who posed the question this question. ‘Are you homeless because you are an addict or are you an addict because you are homeless?’ They couldn’t answer the question because they had never considered it. It is a question we all need to ask ourselves, regularly ‘What drives my life?’ Is it guilt? shame? anger and resentment? fear? materialism? the need or approval? or something else?
Knowing God’s purpose fo my life, makes my life simple. Everything I do is measured against it. When I was the State Manager of Family Stores in Adelaide I used to have a plaque on the wall of my office which read ‘Is what I am now doing or about to do in line with God’s purpose for my life?’ If it wasn’t then I didn’t get involved with it and I still try today to measure my actions against that question.
The answer to the question I asked the homeless person was important because it defines for them how they move forward. Are they dealing with homelessness or are they dealing with addiction? The way you resolve both is very different.
For each person reading this today I challenge you to ask yourself the question from the plaque on the wall of my office in Adelaide. When you get the answer start looking at ways to apply your daily activity to Living God’s Purpose for you.
I am still blown away when God uses me to affect someone’s life. There are times when I open my life to others and times I don’t. I don’t choose those times. The Holy Spirit does. I never intentionally enter conversation with anyone expecting to share my story.
And as I sit here this morning at home, by myself the Holy Spirit and I talked about it.
Prompted by a discussion I had with a young person last night on outreach. Who said to me “thanks for sharing your story with me, it really inspired me”. My response was “I don’t share it with everyone” made me think about the way I share my faith with others and the things I share.
On the 31st of this May I turned be 59. In those years I have experienced much good bad and indifferent. It would take the same amount of time to share it all with someone else. But if I allow the Holy Spirit to rule in my life He will prompt me in every situation to share the bits I need to to influence others.
He can do the same for you. All of us have relationships in life where we can make a difference. The way to make it a positive difference is by allowing the Holy Spirit to prompt you what parts of your own life experience you should share in each circumstance.
God doesn’t want us all to be preachers but He does want us all to tell others what He is doing in us.
Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience. Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good.
Many of us have known the importance of a trusted mentor. I’ve had a number in my spiritual journey without whom I probably would not be here today. Recovery groups or other Biblically sound support groups are also healthy ways to spend our time as we seek to know God better and to grow in spiritual knowledge.
Tomorrow we will be commencing week 3 of this six-week series ‘Building Healthy Support Networks.’ We can’t progress much in recovery in isolation. Developing healthy networks goes alongside turning our wills and lives over to God. We all need accountability in our lives in order to live the lives God has planned for us each.