Purpose: Created to Lift and Repress: Then Simeon…said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many… – Luke 2:34
Purpose: Created to Illuminate: Here is one of the missions of Jesus Christ. He came as a light to reveal God to the people. His whole ministry and life on earth were centred on this focal purpose – to re-introduce God to the people, so that they are acquainted with His nature, His thinking, His ways, His will, His modus operandi, His likes and preferences, as well His displeasures. Some of us are called to this same assignment.
My mother only had one eye. I hated her… She was such an embarrassment. She cooked for students and teachers to support the family.
There was this one day during elementary school where my mum came to say hello to me. I was so embarrassed.
Purpose: Created to Preach
Preaching is one of the missions of Jesus Christ on earth. Likewise, some of us are sent to preach the gospel. There are people who can be called born preachers, as every encounter they found themselves is an opportunity to charge and exhort others, never missing a chance to sow a seed of the word.
The lost sheep of Israel are those who are already believers but have backslidden. Jesus was sent to bring them back into the fold. Some of us are called for this same purpose too.
To bring it closer home, the best time to get most productive and fruitful is during a time of rest such as this novel Coronavirus lockdown period. The questions each of us should be asking ourselves every day of this lockdown period are,
Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of food to eat.
Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.
And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds; they were so warm and comfortable last night. I know that many have no bed.
The Rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow.” And so, whenever a good rain washes the world, and a Rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another.
“Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees and leaves. Without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority.”
At a point in time, even the Jews themselves lost connection with God and became outcasts in His reckoning. Jesus then had to come, among other reasons, to reconcile the estranged Jews and the willing Gentiles to God. So that they can all be part of the new commonwealth of Israel and be beneficiaries of all the privileges reserved for the Jews alone.