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Appreciation

Appreciate – the purpose-driven life.

What is our life purpose? What is our purpose in life? What is a purposeful life? Do you know? Are they correlated or they work differently? Why are we here today and tomorrow, we may not be? Where will we be? Do you know? Are we here to be a troublemaker or are we to be a peacemaker? Are we here to be a blessing to others or are we here to be a burden? Everyone has a gift to share and a talent to discover; sometimes we share in our prime and sometimes later in life. Sometimes we discover our talent but shy enough to let others know, and some are showy to attract attention. We can be a blessing to others by sharing our gifts of the Holy Spirit and as the saying goes, sharing is caring.  When we share and the others receive the gifts, the joy of being in one accord will be felt.

More questions can be added, and maybe enough to give us an idea without a doubt that life has a purpose. It could be either us that shape or form that purpose or it could be the force of nature that comes with human desire or, as Prophet Jeremiah said in 1:5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Psalms 127:3-5 Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Neither we run nor do we hide, the purpose of life is like a shadow that will follow us.

The purpose of life lies with the beholders. God’s purpose must be fulfilled and a man’s freedom of will can make its purpose that could lead to maybe to destruction. God knows who we are even before we were born and according to Genesis 25:23, KJV: “And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manners of people shall be separated from thy bowels, and the one people shall be stronger than the other people, and the elder shall serve the younger.” These are just one of the known purposes of life given to mankind. Are you aware of that? We have to in line with the purpose of life and we would never be wrong.

Is judging part of our purpose or seeking God first before seeking other provision? Who are we are in the neighborhood of the righteous? Is finding who we are in this generation can help mend all the ignorance we have in this life?  Life is a mystery, though we can also say that life is a given: here today is gone tomorrow. Jesus said: “not to be anxious what tomorrow will bring, for tomorrow has its trouble.”  We live today to be happy and not to be filled with worries and anxiety that will ruin the day. Easier said than done, but can we do something about it? Yes!

If our purpose is only the survival of our body then we have to physically work hard, save something for tomorrow, be the solution and not the problem, and be a loving and caring family person and neighbor. A man-made purpose necessarily needs knowing oneself before the purpose can be put into place. Planning and designing, execution, and implementation will come next.  Do we need to imitate other purposes in life? Why do we have to follow them? Are we not capable of having our purpose? We are all capable of having a purpose in life and we imitate other’s success and avoid their failures.  If life’s purpose is to get attention, then this belongs to celebrities. If our purpose is to share the word of God then we belong to those who value the work of the Holy Spirit. To get attention is natural, while to share the gospel is spiritual. There are many different purposes and all are natural and the harvest is seen while the spiritual the true harvest is unseen. The relations are between God and us.

We live in two different worlds using the narrow road that leads to eternal happiness or to the wider road that leads to destruction. If your purpose is to share the good news, you should not cast your pearl before swine as mentioned in Matthew 7; this means that do not offer precious things that you treasure to someone that will not appreciate it. The word of God is so precious more than silver and gold and when their hearts are hard on God’s word they can keep the gold of destruction.

Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”

The will of the Father that no one will perish and be with Him, therefore the easiest and more profound way to do the will of the Father is to believe the Son. As the Son said that the word that comes out from his mouth is from the Father.   “Jesus answered and said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me..” John 14:20-31

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Let’s respect one another and work together to achieve the purpose of God in our lives.

God is all in all

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D., Bishop Emeritus

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