And just like that, we are seven days in to activating our purpose through the power of scripture. I have to tell you that I’m not a fan of bullet points in blogs, because I want to be personal with you, but sometimes for the sake of tracking progress it’s necessary. So, here we go, let’s recap where we are on our journey thus far, shall we? Here are some takeaways from the first six days of our study.
- Day One: When we stop shaking our fists at the sky and start opening up our hands in an act of surrender to God, the path of purpose begins to light up.
- Day Two: There is scriptural proof that we were born with purpose. In fact, we are God’s poem.
- Day Three: There was a conversation about each of us before time began. It’s in the Bible!
- Day Four: We must stop asking why and start asking how in order to begin living the life we are meant to live!
- Day Five: We have a defender, and it doesn’t matter what we’ve done or what circumstances have come our way, we are loved, there is hope, and Jesus is fighting for us. Your past does not have to hinder your present purpose!
- Day Six: To activate purpose, we must discern that serving Christ is more than following a religion. It’s about relationship. God cries out for us to know Him intimately.
Now that we are all caught up to speed, I want to talk about righteousness.
When I hear the word righteous I automatically think of perfection. Jesus obviously comes to mind. To be quite honest, if I didn’t study the Bible, I would never think for a second that a human being had a chance at becoming righteous. After all, we as people spend much of our existence fighting our flesh along with the egos attached tightly to it. How can righteousness possibly fit in to the mix? The Bible gives us the answers we need.
Will you please turn to Psalm 118:19 with me?
Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, and I will praise the Lord.
I love the word picture that’s been created for us with this verse. I imagine the psalmist standing at a closed, locked gate, shaking it while begging to go inside. The desire to walk in righteousness represents the purest cry from a heart who wants God.
We have to remember that this verse was written before Jesus died on the cross, rose again, and ascended to heaven, which is why I picture the psalmist begging to walk through the gate in freedom. Righteousness was a path to be followed, but it was a much different process in the Old Testament than it was in the New Testament. The very second Jesus awoke with lungs full of breath in that dark tomb, I picture the Psalmist’s gate of righteousness flinging wide open for all of us to walk through.
The gates of righteousness are open for you! You have the ability to walk in your purpose!
Let’s turn to 2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
-2 Corinthians 5:21
This is proof that God sent Jesus and that through His work on the cross we would have the ability to become righteous. We are the righteousness of God in Christ! YOU are the righteousness of God in Christ. This is how we fit in to that category, it’s through Christ.
We need to learn what it means to own righteousness. It’s ours for the taking. I think we’ve spent too much time disconnecting from words like holy and righteous in an attempt to be humble, but the truth is that if we don’t know who we are in Christ, then we cannot activate purpose in our lives, because it is those qualities which factor into what we were born to do while on this earth.
For today’s homework, please look up Proverbs 21:21. Write the verse, and underneath write why you are choosing to follow the path of purpose in your life. After that, share some encouragement on social media for someone who might be searching for their own significance. Use the hashtag #ActivatingYourPurpose so that I can read your beautiful words!
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