Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. I have never, specifically, “observed” Ash Wednesday in the traditional sense of receiving an ash cross or observing Lent. However, I certainly think it is wise to turn our hearts and thoughts toward Easter. We do not reflect on the cross – and God’s gift given to us there – nearly as often as we should. Nor do we think on those days leading up to the cross.
The cross was Christ’s one absorbing purpose. I think that purpose can sometimes “get lost” among the miracles He did, the lives He changed and all that He taught while He was here on earth. But all of those days were simply leading Him to the cross. His ultimate purpose was to die on Calvary in order to pay sin’s price for each of us.
That was His purpose. What is mine? There is much each of us wants to be or to accomplish – to be a faithful wife and helpmeet to our husbands, to raise our children to love and serve the Lord, to be a be a good neighbor, friend and worker. We want to make a difference and have plenty of worthy, and worthwhile, goals. It can be overwhelming to know how that works out uniquely and purposefully for each one of us. So, what is the purpose for each of us as children of God?
Deuteronomy 10:12 “….what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”
My purpose is striving for Deuteronomy 10:12. To fear the Lord – to reverence and respect Him, and his hatred for sin, in a way so as to obey Him and worship Him. To walk in all his ways – to do so, I must study and learn his ways. And to love and serve Him…with all my heart. If I keep that purpose as my ultimate goal, I am successful. Others might consider more (or less) to be and an indicator of true success. Certainly, our world would define success differently. However, striving to live out Deuteronomy 10:12 is my purpose.
How can I know if I am truly working toward/making progress toward that goal? Here are just a few things to consider. As I reflect on the past days, weeks and months:
- is my prayer life richer?
- am I becoming more stable and steadfast?
- am I seeing more things from His perspective?
They might be baby steps – maybe just small differences but we should be able to identify growth and progress. Thank the Lord for those steps, no matter how large or small, leading you to your ultimate purpose.