By Tamika M.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16 (KJV)
Jesus, when he came to the earth, born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes, he came with a purpose, he came with a truth, and he came with salvation and a chance at life everlasting for us all.
Often, we do not see the end from the beginning; many times, we don't know the importance of what we are going through or why we are going through it. We sometimes do not understand why God is doing what he is doing when he is doing it. But whether or not we agree, whether or not we are on board, and whether or not we understand, our story comes with a purpose attached to God.
Because God loved the world and wanted to offer man another chance, he sacrificed his only Son, Jesus, so that you and I could have the opportunity to spend eternity with him. A purpose that did not have to be understood in order to be fulfilled.
I am reminded of Romans 8:28, which says:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (KJV)
When Jesus came to the earth, he was fulfilling a purpose; and that purpose extended grace, love, and forgiveness. That purpose gives us another chance to get it right. Isn't that amazing? Doesn't that bring you joy? The truth that God loves you so much that he died for you. A love like no other, a savior like no other, a purpose fulfilled like no other.
And that story of purpose, that story of truth, it speaks to us. It reminds us that the purpose that God has given us, it too can be fulfilled. God calls us to share his word, God calls us to be light in darkness, and he calls us to be His hands and feet on the earth.
We show that in how we love, we show that in how we conduct ourselves, we show that in the lives that we live. And living according to God's will allows us to live out his purpose fulfilled in us. So this holiday season, I leave you with this word of encouragement, let your purpose be fulfilled, live God's purpose out loud! Love the unloveable, forgive the unforgivable, and let the grace that God has given you be shown towards others!