As I write this, it is February 12, 2020.
Our last time together I asked, “Who are you?”
So far in answer to, “Who are you?” we discover that you are a child of God. You are a branch of the True Vine, who is Jesus, a conduit of Christ’s life. And you are a friend of Jesus, chosen by Him, and His desire is to confide in us and reveal what He hears from the Father.
Now we will examine a bit further this question of “Who are you?” We will answer this question more fully before moving on to “Why are you here.”
Remember Janus, the mythical god of early Rome? A weird-looking dude, Janus had two faces, one looking forward, one looking backward. This allowed him to look back on the past and forward toward the future.
When we look back what do we see? If you are indeed a child of God, you should see a dead person. Romans 6:5-8 asks, Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we are co-crucified with Him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us, so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sin’s power.
Your old self was crucified, killed on the cross of Christ. There you were, in Him. And now you are, and I am, no longer a slave to sin.
Galatians 5:1, For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
We were under a yoke of slavery. Jesus, because of the cross, has taken our yoke of slavery and demolished it. He has set us FREE.
Ephesians 2:4-6, But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
That is who you are. Who I am. Who we are.
But, “Why are you here?”
Not just reading this, wherever you might be, although that is a good question. Why are you living on this earth? WHY…Are…You…HERE?
Deuteronomy 10:11-13, 11 And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise, go on your journey at the head of the people, so that they may go in and possess the land, which I swore to their fathers to give them.’
Fear (reverence) the Lord
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear (reverence) the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?”
Romans 1:21-25, For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
I Corinthians 2:14, The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
Another way to look at this is if you are without Christ you are like a ship out of water.
Why are you here? God created you for a purpose. He created us, you and me, because it pleased Him to do so.
Revelation 4:11, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Colossians 1:16, For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Why are you here? …for Him. That is the reason you exist. For Him!
Next time we meet, if the previous statements are true, we will ask ourselves, what do we do about it?
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