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AM I TRULY MAKING A DFIFFERENCE

Have you ever had the thought, “What’s the point?” “What am I doing here?” “Is what I’m doing even making a difference?”

I have to imagine you said yes. Who hasn’t wrestled with those thoughts? We can look back in time and find such questions being asked over two thousand years ago because it’s part of being human.

What I mean is, in our humanity, we’ve been given the ability to choose our own course of action— our destiny. Yet you don’t have to look far to begin wondering about life, choices, destinies — before that random thought flits across your mind: What’s the point?

This is exactly what happened to Solomon. And his thoughts are recorded in the Book of Ecclesiastes. 

I remember the first time I read these passages and thought, poor guy, he sure had a bad attitude. But 30 years later, with a little more life under my belt, I read his words and could relate. 

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun? One generation passes away, and another generation comes; but the earth abides forever. The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it arose. That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2-5,9)

The word vanity here isn’t referring to excessive pride, but instead is a reference to things done in vain. Solomon is calling life trivial or pointless. He reached a point where neither his wisdom nor his wealth satisfied anymore. He walked about his gardens observing how trees grow, produce fruit, drop their fruit, and then do it all over again— year after year. And he began to observe this was true of humanity too— a cycle of repetition — and he asked himself, “What’s the point?”

I think his question is valid for the person without Christ. It is vanity to chase riches and fame (for no other purpose than to achieve riches and fame), for in the end, they bring no real satisfaction. A person is born, grows, hopefully does something good with their life, and then they die — this is the cycle of a godless life. And if that’s all there is, then I agree with Solomon: What’s the point?

But thankfully, I have found the reason for my existence— the purpose of it all. It is the story of Jesus. As He came to the earth to point us to the Father, so now our lives are purposed with the same task. But it’s not redundant or trivial or pointless. 

Jesus told Nicodemus that we must be born again (John 3:3). Nicodemus didn’t understand this concept until Jesus said,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

In other words, whoever puts their faith and trust in (clings to) Jesus doesn’t have to live a pointless, lost life. No, we understand now, there is more!

Eternal, everlasting life doesn’t start when we die. Eternal life starts the moment we give our hearts to Jesus. And this new, born again life has purpose. Despite the cycle of seasons and generations, our hearts look to the Creator of time and life, willingly laying aside everything else with the understanding that we are called to a greater purpose than just existing— we now carry a responsibility of bringing as many as possible with us into an eternal life — not just a life that cycles and ends.

Thankfully, Solomon discovered this same truth after all his wanderings: 

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

And this is both enough and satisfying.

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WHEN LIFE GETS TOUGH

Then, Jesus. He put Psalm 118 in my lap to remind me that this day, and these weeks of feeling depleted were crafted by his own hand. He restored my heart to remember that when we have Jesus, we have everything!!!

As I’ve watched those around me struggle in these times, I’ve wondered what to do. Now I see that the best gift I can offer is audacious joy. If we hold on to gratitude and delight in Jesus through whatever comes our way, they can discover joy in him as well. Gladness in Christ can infuse our home and those around us. Its light will chase our doubts and fears right out the door.

In rejoicing, we heal. We hope. We carry on with strength and courage through it all.

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BE ENCOURAGED

THE LORD JESUS IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER!!!
“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” PHILIPPIANS 2:1-2
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THE LORD IS FAITHFUL

THE LORD IS FAITHFUL AT ALL TIMES IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES!!!

“Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.” ISAIAH 46:4

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THE LORD LEADS

THE LORD WILL LEAD, GUIDE, AND PROVIDE FOR ALL WHO WILL FOLLOW IN FAITH!!! “Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” PSALM 143:10 KEEP LOOKING TO JESUS!!!

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FOLLOW JESUS IN FAITH

THE LORD LEADS, GUIDES, PROVIDES: FOLLOW HIM IN FAITH TO ETERNAL LIFE!!!
“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.” ISAIAH 48:17
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DRAW NEAR TO THE LORD

DRAW NEAR TO THE LORD IN INTIMATE PERSONAL FELLOWSHIP BY GOD’S WORD THE HOLY BIBLE AND PRAYER!!!

“The earth is full of Your lovingkindness, O Lord; Teach me Your statutes.” PSALM 119:64
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THE BODY OF CHRIST

ALL CHRISTIANS WORLDWIDE ARE A PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST!!!
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” GALATIANS 3:28
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TRUST IN THE LORD JESUS

TRUST IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TODAY AND LIVE FOREVER!!!

““The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.” ISAIAH 26:3
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STEP OF FAITH

Someone once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”

I imagine the devil wishes he could’ve connected the dots better before he instigated the crucifixion of Jesus. In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he said,

“…we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:7-8).

In other words, they didn’t know His death would be our life!

And I think this principle helps us in our faith, because how many times have we been nervous to take a step of faith into the unknown? I’ll raise my hand first and say, “Many times!” But here’s what I’ve learned: for every time it felt like I was standing on the edge of a cliff with one instruction from God to step out, He met me there.

Things are hidden for two reasons: protection and protection. I repeated myself on purpose because think about the scenario Paul was speaking of — heaven’s agenda was hidden to protect it from being exploited or foiled by the enemy. But it was also hidden to protect God’s precious gift of life to man.

The good news is that things of the Spirit don’t have to remain hidden from God’s children any longer.

“As it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

Too often, we stop and marvel at verse 9 that there are innumerable things that God’s children haven’t seen or heard. On the one hand, I think that’s okay because faith marvels. But I love that we aren’t in the dark. God, through His Spirit, wants to share His heart and purpose with us. And it’s done through our relationship with the Holy Spirit.

In the natural, I agree with the one who said: “Without faith, we can only connect dots behind us”. But we are not operating only in the natural (without faith). The Holy Spirit abides in us, while also intimately abiding with God, knowing His heart and mind. Therefore, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can take steps of genuine faith connecting dots as we move forward with Him.

The Message Translation explains this well:

“The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, ‘Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?’ has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:14-16).

So yes, we can connect future dots when we are led by the Spirit. We hold the thoughts, feelings, and purposes of His heart within us.

It’s just a matter of faith.

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