It’s important that when you are playing out your role and purpose you don’t allow what others do or say keep you from completing and accomplishing it! It’s important to not get dragged down into name calling or war of words over something you have been called to do! It’s important to live to your full potential so that in and through you others will see the revelation of God! It may not be easy! It may not be fun! But in the end it will be totally worth it!
It’s important to know your purpose!
Today’s Word speaks to Jesus’ crucifixion this way…
32Two other men, both of them criminals, were also led out to be put to death with Jesus. 33When they came to the place called “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. 34Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doing.” They divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice. 35The people stood there watching while the Jewish leaders made fun of him: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!” 36The soldiers also made fun of him: they came up to him and offered him cheap wine, 37and said, “Save yourself if you are the king of the Jews!”
–from Luke 23
Jesus knew His purpose and at this time it was to bridge the gap between God and us. Jesus knew His purpose and was not going to leave bitterness on the cross but rather share forgiveness. Jesus knew His purpose and it wasn’t to do tricks to amuse others but to satisfy the calling and the cost required to complete the purpose God the Father had given Him to do.
Jesus unlike the old days when there was continual sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin was a single sacrifice one for all. With Jesus’ sacrifice we are freed from the penalty of sin which is death because we have received Him as our Lord and Savior and we bring our sins to Him and ask for forgiveness. God tells us that as we forgive others He will forgive us! So give it up to God! Give forgiveness! Ask God for forgiveness, Jesus has already paid the price!
1The Jewish Law is not a full and faithful model of the real things; it is only a faint outline of the good things to come. The same sacrifices are offered forever, year after year. How can the Law, then, by means of these sacrifices make perfect the people who come to God? 2If the people worshiping God had really been purified from their sins, they would not feel guilty of sin any more, and all sacrifices would stop. 3As it is, however, the sacrifices serve year after year to remind people of their sins. 4For the blood of bulls and goats can never take away sins. 5For this reason, when Christ was about to come into the world, he said to God: “You do not want sacrifices and offerings, but you have prepared a body for me. 6You are not pleased with animals burned whole on the altar or with sacrifices to take away sins. 7Then I said, ‘Here I am, to do your will, O God, just as it is written of me in the book of the Law.’” 8First he said, “You neither want nor are you pleased with sacrifices and offerings or with animals burned on the altar and the sacrifices to take away sins.” He said this even though all these sacrifices are offered according to the Law. 9Then he said, “Here I am, O God, to do your will.” So God does away with all the old sacrifices and puts the sacrifice of Christ in their place. 10Because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do, we are all purified from sin by the offering that he made of his own body once and for all. 11Every Jewish priest performs his services every day and offers the same sacrifices many times; but these sacrifices can never take away sins. 12Christ, however, offered one sacrifice for sins, an offering that is effective forever, and then he sat down at the right side of God. 13There he now waits until God puts his enemies as a footstool under his feet. 14With one sacrifice, then, he has made perfect forever those who are purified from sin. 15And the Holy Spirit also gives us his witness. First he says, 16“This is the covenant that I will make with them in the days to come, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts and write them on their minds.” 17And then he says, “I will not remember their sins and evil deeds any longer.” 18So when these have been forgiven, an offering to take away sins is no longer needed. –from Hebrews 10
What a weight off our shoulders. What a burden we no longer have to carry. How the devil will try to get us to pick it back up. How the devil will try to make us hold onto it rather than give it all over to God. But we know better so don’t do it. We know better so let’s give it all over to God to take care of!
17Getting involved in an argument that is none of your business is like going down the street and grabbing a dog by the ears. 18-19Someone who tricks someone else and then claims that he was only joking is like a crazy person playing with a deadly weapon. 20Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, quarreling stops. 21Charcoal keeps the embers glowing, wood keeps the fire burning, and troublemakers keep arguments alive. 22Gossip is so tasty! How we love to swallow it! 23Insincere talk that hides what you are really thinking is like a fine glaze on a cheap clay pot. 24A hypocrite hides hate behind flattering words. 25They may sound fine, but don’t believe him, because his heart is filled to the brim with hate. 26He may disguise his hatred, but everyone will see the evil things he does. 27People who set traps for others get caught themselves. People who start landslides get crushed. 28You have to hate someone to want to hurt him with lies. Insincere talk brings nothing but ruin. –from Proverbs 26
God’s Word will never return void! You will always get some wisdom by spending time in the word of God! So let’s listen to what He has to say! Let’s do what is right! Let’s live lives with the purpose of God as our focus! Let’s glorify Him in the way we live our lives! And let’s do it all in Jesus’ name so that God get’s the praise, the honor, and the glory! AMEN!