I bet you thought the title of this blog was about guns! I like guns but this blog is about establishing a purpose for our life.
1 Peter 4:1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose.
Jesus suffered as a man in His life. His suffering was so that my sins could be forgiven by God and I could live with Him forever. His suffering had a noble purpose, and He knew that.
Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.
God chooses to bring suffering and trials into my life so that I can grow in character, but if I respond in a wrong way the trials that God intended for good end up causing just the opposite result in my life.
Those who respond correctly to trials resulting in maximum growth in their lives are those who premeditate what they are going to think, what they are going to say, and how they are going to act when the trials come. They “arm themselves” to do what Jesus did when He suffered for us. What did Jesus do?
1. He trusted God the Father totally, because He knew His suffering had a purpose.
2. He prayed and asked for strength.
3. He didn’t grumble or complain.
Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.
4. He fixed His eyes on eternity, not this life.
1 Peter 4:13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
So, I have established my plan, my response when I don’t like the events or circumstances of my life.
Dear Lord, I trust You totally with my life. I believe that You will only do and bring about events and circumstances that are best for my growth. Please give me your strength to manage and bear up under all that comes into my life. Grant me the strength to rejoice always and to never grumble or complain about anything. I look forward to stepping into glory one of these days, and I want to be as much like You in character as is possible. Grant me your wisdom to fix and change what I can, to help people, to teach and encourage as many as possible to live for You and to serve You with their whole life. Thank You, I love You.