The Apostle Peter gives us all a compelling personal mission statement:
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
The sole purpose of your life is to declare to others the AWESOME God that you serve. To speak often, and to speak well, of your Savior.
Imagine if true Christians were not known for what we’re against, but for the fact that we can’t stop talking about Jesus. How He loves us. How He’s given hope. Given us perspective and purpose. How He’s rearranged our priorities. His holiness, majesty and beauty. How He perfectly fulfills over 300 direct prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures. How He suffered and died for our sins, freeing us to love others freely and without condition…no matter who you are. How we now live with an eternal perspective and no longer run after what others do.
How do I do this? First, the decision is mine to be conscious of Him every day, moment by moment. What’s on my mind is what you’re going to hear me talk about. It’s a settled decision and conviction on my part. Second, I look for and take up the opportunity to give Him praise in all circumstances, not matter where I am, not being afraid of what others may think.
Why do I do this? Because we’re people for his own possession. Once we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy. Do we need any other reason? “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, than no sacrifice is to great for me to make for Him.” Or, “he is no fool who looses what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose”. Our eternal destiny has been rewritten because He loves me and died for my forgiveness.
No matter what your circumstances, you can ALWAYS praise Him, even in the desert. Because your life is a vapor and the sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared to the eternal glories ahead of you. Because He loves you, and, suffered for you. I don’t mean to overlook your struggles, but, I hope to point you to victory even when you see none. Make it your ambition to speak of His excellencies because He has called you to His marvelous light!
- Pastor Colin
P.S. I chose the picture of Kaylee because she’s not afraid to speak up and tell you what’s on her mind!