Why am I here?

John 17:4-9 (KJV) I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

When I first became saved I considered what was my purpose on earth.  Just love your neighbor as you love yourself. That sounds nice. But what do I want for myself?  Peace of mind, a right relationship with my Heavenly Father and my neighbors. I want a love that transcends beautiful words, and cool sayings. I want a love that goes beyond programs, events, and stuff.  But a love that demonstrates what it means to be loved.  My purpose then is to be Jesus to others as He has been to me. I can by no way nor means do that in the flesh. I become seriously miffed at myself sometimes when I miss an opportunity to share the love of God with someone who needed it, or even when I do something stupid that might cause someone to think, “Well if that is what it mean to be a Christian then I don’t want to be that!” The reality is that I am here for Christ to live through me. I will make stupid mistakes, but so will my friends, and brothers in Christ and God still loves us. So, we pray for each other, uphold each other, and encourage each other to reach out to people whom the world has left on the “unwanted and undesirable” pile knowing that God has my back even when I make mistakes. He has sent me, and He has sent me because He lives in me and believes that I will go forward in His name and not my own.  My purpose then is to be “Him” and share His love with everyone I meet.  Father, please give me that desire every second of every day – because people need you now more than ever before AMEN!!

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