Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Discovering Your Orginal Purpose

Read: Philippians 2:12-16

The situation is urgent. The health of the patient is very important. The doctor and his assistants are working diligently as they strain to see the necessary details of the operation under the flickering candle light. It is not easy. Surely, there has to be a better way to operate in such critical conditions. Bridges for Peace recently reported on a unique solution.

To the rescue comes “A Jewish Heart for Africa”. This non-government agency was founded by a young Jewish woman, Sivan Achor-Borowich to help provide light for African medical clinics. Raising money in the United States and using Israeli technology, her organization has assembled solar panels in Africa, using the power of the sun during the long African days. Now, solar panels light up the clinic and also provide light outside the clinic so patients can now arrive at night. The solar panels also power refrigerators to store and preserve the medicines.

This provision of physical light from Israel is a reminder of God’s intention for Jerusalem and Israel – to be a light to the nations for God.

Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

…Nations will come to your light

and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isaiah 60:1, 3)

In this new millennium, God has enabled His original chosen nation to develop an amazing array of inventions that will have far reaching effects on the health and needs of people all over the world. It is another reminder that God first created the Jews out of Abraham and his descendants to actually be a channel of his blessing and life giving light to the world.

But, God has also reached out in amazing grace through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to us. To those of us who have heeded His call and received Jesus as Savior, He has given the role of “light givers”! Like the physical help of light to those in Africa, so we ought to constantly provide the light of Jesus Christ to those who stumble around in spiritual darkness. They, too, need to find their way to Jesus. Many of them live next door to you and me.

Do you see how God is working around you? Are you beginning to adjust your attitude and life so that you can allow God to work through you? Even though it is God’s work to change the heart of a person, you are called to live out the light of Christ in you! This is God’s purpose for you. What a privilege! What a joy to live according to your God-given purpose!

…It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good

purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you

may be blameless and pure, children of God in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine as stars in the universe as you hold out

the word of life. (Philippians 2:13-16a)

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