Born. Ever since reading today’s prompt – born – one of my favorite songs has been on repeat in my head. Born to Die Upon Calvary. I’ve shared this song more than once on my blog but I’m always happy to share it again. (just one verse and chorus but hum along….)
Jesus knew when He came
He would suffer in shame,
He could feel ev’ry pain and sorrow.
Be He left Paradise,
With His blood He paid the price –
My redemption to Jesus I owe.
Born to die upon Calv’ry,
Jesus suffered my sin to forgive;
Born to die upon Calv’ry
He was wounded that I might live.
From the time He left Heaven, Jesus knew why He came. He knew His purpose. Not only did He know His purpose but He spent all of His time here on earth preparing for and fulfilling that purpose. He did not “die upon Calvary” every day. His crucifixion was the culmination of His purpose – the purpose of “doing the will” of His Father. (John 6:38). That was Jesus’ ultimate purpose.
Each of us has a purpose…actually, the same purpose. To glorify God by doing His will. There have been times that I struggled with this – wondering what was my purpose? Especially in this “empty-nest” phase of life. What should I be doing? What should fill my days, etc.? Am I being a good steward of my time, resources and energy? All of these are good questions and I think it is right to bring these questions to God; however, my busyness, my productivity or whether I work a job, stay at home or volunteer – none of these things define my purpose. My purpose is to bring Christ glory.
I’m glad that Christ has a plan for my life. In each phase of life. I’m glad to know that He will continue to use me and direct my days – however many they might be. But whatever a day, a decade, a phase or season might look like, I can seek to glorify my Father in Heaven. “For to me to live is Christ…..” (Philippians 1:21a)
STOP. These are my thoughts on the Five Minute Friday prompt – BORN. You can others’ thoughts here. And my five minutes are up, but I would be remiss if I did not mention another (more important) thought about “born” – the gift of being born again. It is our greatest need and God’s greatest gift to us. It is why God sent His son to die. If you are not sure what this means, you can read more on the “Could It Be Any Worse?” tab located at the top of this page. Knowing for certain that we have been born again completes the verse mentioned above. “….and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21b)