A Woman on a Mission

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I swung the car door open with a flourish and stepped out with my list in one hand and a cloth grocery bag in the other. As I stepped quickly to the entrance of the supermarket, I passed the line of waiting carts and headed directly to the back of the store. The grandsons were visiting and we had run out of whole milk. I was a woman on a mission.

 

Granted, the absence of milk in the fridge isn’t a crisis. But, as the Kiki of the house, I wanted to have it available before the preschoolers awoke from their nap. With that goal in mind, I was single-purposed and free from the distractions of samples and specials. I knew why I’d come and was determined to accomplish my objective in the most efficient way possible.

 

Unfortunately, I don’t consistently live my life with a singular goal. Although I have “committed my life” to Christ, I still waiver with periods of unwillingness, rebellion and just plain laziness. I share the Psalmist’s emotion as he cries, “my heart and my flesh shall fail, but (thankfully) God is the strength of my heart” (Psalm 73:26).

 

Thank God that Christ came with a specific mission:

 

“He (Jesus) appeared in order to take away sins” (1 John 3:5).

 

Wow. Somebody bigger than we are came to take care of our imperfections. Worrying about your children, your marriage or your job won’t help. Tweaking won’t help (Hebrews 10:1). Trusting will.

 

Christ elevated us to a place of continual spiritual blessing, irregardless of our earthly disappointments (Hebrews 10:14). Since we’ve been forgiven, we can allow His obedience to accomplish what He came to do (Hebrews 10:18).

 

“The Son of God (also) came for this purpose: that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).

 

Not only has He taken care of the sin problem, He has also loosened satan’s strangle-hold on us. The word translated “destroy” in English is actually the Greek word meaning “to loose any person that has been tied or fastened”, “to unbind”, “to set free”. The evil one no longer holds the reins of our life. The Stronger Man has unwrapped the death cloth from us so we can walk in Light (John 11:44; Luke 11:21-22).

 

(And we not living in this freedom for what reason?)

 

“The Son of Man has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him” (1 John 5:20).

 

Wow….His designated purpose wasn’t just so that we could be someone different, but that we can personally KNOW Someone different. He did all of this for the sake of relationship with Him. He wants us to know Him, to see Him, to talk to Him, to experience Him. That’s the whole reason that He came. Every other reason leads directly to this: a friendship, a relationship, a romance of love.
As I prepare for the next visit with my grandchildren, I may run out of milk, but thankfully God’s purpose for me will never be thwarted (Job 42:2).

 

What about you?

 

  • He has taken away your sins. Have you accepted it?

 

  • He has loosened the grip of the evil one. Are you living in it?

 

  • He has given you understanding to know Him. Are you using it?

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Picture courtesy of Sara Jeng Grewer.