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January
10
2021

Remaining Faithful

Some people learn their purpose in life early on other’s much later. For example, It wasn’t until the Lord Jesus brought me to a place of brokenness, a place of surrender, that his plans and purpose for my life were revealed. Others have discovered their purpose for living when they read Rick Warren’s book “Purpose Driven Life.” Here in Lake City part of a road is named after Deputy Jeff Davis. His purpose in life was to be a deputy sheriff. His mother has shared Jeff’s story with me. Learning one’s purpose in life is part of the equation. The second part of life’s equation is remaining faithful to your life’s purpose. Remaining faithful even in the face of adversity is a challenge that will cause a purpose to search their heart to make sure they are on the right path. As you read Mark 6:14-29 we learn of John the Baptist death while he is in Herod’s prison. The reason for him being placed in prison in the first place is because he was preaching the truth of God’s word as written in the law of Moses. Herod had married his brother Philipps wife Herodias. God’s word brings conviction of sin in a person’s life. Sin should be confessed and repented of if a person is going to please the Lord God of heaven.  They both refused to repent. His character was revealed in that he was a righteous and holy man. He was obedient to what the Lord called him to be. While in Herod’s prison he began to have doubts. He had pointed others to Jesus. He told others that Jesus was the lamb who would take away the sin of the world. He confessed that he must decrease and that Jesus must increase. Now the walls were closing in on him. His disciples were sent with a message to Jesus to see if he was the one that was promised. (Matthew 11) Jesus sent them back confirmation to John that he had pointed others in the right direction. John would remain faithful to the Lord and his life’s calling, purpose for which he was created. What caused his death was a couple living in sin. Herod was pleased by his step daughter’s dancing, he gave her a promise that he would keep because of his audience. Herodias saw an opportunity to remove the one who was causing her to be aware of her sin and so it was done. John the Baptist’s life didn’t end the way a lot of fairy tales normally end in the movies here on earth but he will truly live happily ever after in the Lord’s presence in heaven. A couple of lessons that we can learn from this passage and apply to our lives is this: God develops our character to be like his-righteous and holy. Secondly, when you have doubts about whether or not you have fulfilled your purposes in life that God has created you for check with him. He will keep you on the right path so that you can remain faithful to him and his call for your life.

 

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