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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Your Purpose"

Date published: 05/11/2015
 
Luke 19:10 "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." (NIV) 

   If you are a follower of Jesus, wouldn’t it make sense that this too is your purpose? Jesus taught time and again of His desire to bring the lost to God; yet we tend to rely on inviting someone to church or hoping that the quality of our life will draw someone to Christ. How many people do you get to explain how to come to salvation in Christ through the quality of the life you live? How many of the people that you know have you heard their testimony of how they came into a saving relationship with Christ? How many people that you know do you not know with certainty of their eternal destiny with God? I think you will agree that sharing directly with those you love, care about, and know will give the best opportunity for them to come into a saving relationship with Christ. When Jesus commissioned Peter to be a disciple, He did not equip him with the latest accessories to fish, instruct him to keep them in a safe place, and tell him to wait for the opportunity to go fishing. Jesus injected him into life, sent him out, and tested him. The same is true for you. No amount of teaching and waiting will prepare you any more than loving the one you know, and sharing the good news of knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 

   God calls you to be a light that shines… not a light that is hidden. God wants you to proclaim His truth in word, deed, and by the life of Christ in you. Luke 11:33-34 says, "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. (NIV) God wants your life to prominently be dedicated to seeking and saving the lost. If you lack this passion, then seek Christ more passionately and diligently, so that His life is your passion and mission. Make your mission the same as Jesus’ mission in John 4:34, “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.’” (NIV) Do not allow your life in Christ to look like the man in the story of the vineyard in Luke 13:7, “So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?” (NIV) 

   If you accept Christ’s mission, it will alter the way you pursue Him. People, activities, events, church, growing in the knowledge of Christ all change with the question of how they contribute to seeking and saving the lost. Is what you do done to seek and save the lost, or is it done merely for your benefit? We tend to think proclaiming Christ takes certain knowledge, maturity, position, calling, or anointing, when in fact it takes a heart that has a love and compassion like Jesus. Above all else you must be bold in living out Jesus’ desires and purpose. Luke 12:8 says, "I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.” (NIV) Purpose in your heart today to make your mission to seek and save the lost. Let your food be making Christ known. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel for others to repent, believe, and acknowledge Him as Lord. Pray for a heart that finds your greatest joy in seeing others come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. 

Luke 15:7 “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (NIV) 

Do you know someone who needs this message on witnessing? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ. 

Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Your Life in Christ” and “Discipleship.” 

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