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Did Peter have a vision for his life? Was his life purpose-driven?

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Did Jesus say, “Go therefore and cast your vision”?

Or, “Go therefore and make vision-casting leaders of all nations”?

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In the last post, we looked at why the purpose-drive life is a lie. It’s a lie because it advocates a life seeking success and achievement, which the Bible does not. The Bible advocates a life of sacrifice and dying to one’s self and one’s desires—even physical death, for Jesus and for others. Jesus is our prime example of such of life. His apostles and many others have followed this example and suffered and died as martyrs.

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Should a believer in Jesus Christ have a purpose-driven life?

The simple, one-word answer:

No.

The pushback I usually receive when I make this assertion is, “Well, that’s not true. God does have a purpose for your life. Your life does have purpose.”

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We have come to the last two verses of Jesus’ letter to the church at Laodicea: “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” Revelation 3:21-22).1

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If you’ve been a Christian for a while, it’s quite possible that you’ve heard a message from this passage of Scripture:

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent (Revelation 3:14–19).1

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img_0410In this post, we will continue our look at Jesus’ letter to the church at Philadelphia. I have found this letter interesting and very deep.

I shouldn’t be surprised, should I? Oh Lord, that we may slow down and study Your Word. My goodness, how I fail to pay attention!

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The reason for this post—and all the posts on this site, I hope—is to challenge Christians to give their lives fully to the loving Lord God of the universe; to be willing to give up their own lives for the One who sacrificed His, our Savior, Jesus. With that in mind, we have been looking at the letters that Jesus wrote to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation. In this post, we will be looking at Jesus’ letter to the Christians at Sardis in Revelation 3:1-6.

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I’d like to take a brief break from the series, The God Who Is Low and Humble in Heart, and investigate a passage of Scripture that caught my attention the other day.

“On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands. And I said to them, ‘Cast away the detestable things your eyes feast on, every one of you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the LORD your God. But they rebelled against me and were not willing to listen to me. None of them cast away the detestable things their eyes feasted on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt” (Ezekiel 20:6–8).

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Let’s take a quick look at Hebrews 11:32-38. This portion of Scripture is often the focus of our attention because it is included in this wonderful chapter about faith.

“And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Samson of and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, mighty in war, foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”

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