It seems to me that to fully experience life in Christ that it would mean one has a sense of purpose, peace, and rest in their life.
- I sense purpose when my future is secure in Christ.
- I sense peace when my past is secure on the cross.
- I sense rest when their both secure from my belief in God.
John 10:27-29 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else.[a] No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
Isaiah 53:5 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Psalm 62:5-8 5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God[a];
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
And so again I ask… What if our purpose was to simply be a good steward of the now? With my peace and rest secure, perhaps my stewardship of now could look like this and my purpose is no longer what someday I shall do, but rather this moment what I shall do?
When my past and future do battle, it distracts me from that which stands right before me, and with this, another stack of moments tips on its side only to miss out on another opportunity to bless rather than to receive because I was thinking about me and not the very ones who were entrusted to me.
Isaiah 58:6-7 6 “No, this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
and remove the chains that bind people.
7 Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help.