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Destiny

A new theme has been tugging at the corners of my mind lately. In a series by Max Lucado called “You will get through this,” we learned last night that one thing that helped Joseph get through betrayal, a trip down to Egypt as a captive, slavery, unjust accusations and a prison term, was the destiny God had planted in his heart at a young age. Because of his dreams, he knew God had a plan for him, a destiny.

Then on Sunday the kids talk looked at things made for a purpose. We looked at a huge beach ball which was made for fun. When it gets popped, however, it can no longer fulfill its purpose. In the same way, God made us for a purpose. Sin breaks us in a way that we can no longer fulfill God’s purpose. However, Christ’s victory over sin can reverse this process and make us new.

I have a blouse that I love and that I’ve had for at least five years. It contains my favourite colours, I like the style, it matches most of my clothes and it doesn’t make me look fat. Recently, however, the elastic at the neck has become so feeble, I can no longer wear my blouse without constantly being aware that it is getting too low. Yesterday I started the arduous task of unpicking the elastic with the intention of inserting brand new elastic so my blouse can once again fulfill the purpose for which it was created.

In the same way, once we have been saved, God’s grace works renewal in us. We have to put off some of our old ways, habits and thoughts and put on new ones. God’s destiny for us is from grace to glory.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say, No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11 – 14 NIV)

We have a God-given destiny. Christ has redeemed us to be His people and to do what is good (some translations say good works.) This knowledge strengthens us to be able to get through what the world throws at us, be it betrayal, injustice, loss, or anything the devil uses to interfere with our achieving our true purpose.

Let’s live to our true potential.

Lockdown Day 32 Freedom

Today is Freedom Day in South Africa. It commemorates our first democratic elections in 1994. At last all South Africans could vote. One would have thought that after twenty six years we would now have a free society but that is not so. We are not free from crime, we are not free from corruption, we are not free from greed, selfishness, xenophobia, inequality or evil.

What is freedom? The Oxford dictionary gives us two choices.

  1. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.
  2. The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.

According to these definitions, are any of us really free? Ask Israel Folau.

What about drug addicts, alcoholics or those addicted to porn. Are they free?

According to the Bible, God has given us one main freedom and He will never revoke that. That is the freedom of choice. Right at the beginning, humanity could choose whether to obey God or not. Later Joshua spelled it out for the Israelites.

And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served …….or the gods of the Amorites, but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Josh 24:15 NKJV)

Because of the choice early humanity made, we are all under the dominion of sin. Hardly free! Even Paul, that great apostle, said,
“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.” (Romans 7:18 and 19.)

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can certainly relate. How many times have I told myself not to treat my adult children as if they were still children instead of the independent adults they now are? I try but how many times have I failed? We are all slaves, therefore not free at all.

For this very purpose Jesus came to die. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galations 5:1 NIV)

In our virtual sermon yesterday, we remembered that …we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Rom 8:37 NIV) and that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (verse 38)

May we all appropriate the freedom Christ has won for us. Happy Freedom Day!

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