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What Are We Here For? [1-1-23]

January 1, 2023

Ephesians 3:20-21

"What Are We Here For?"

Today's passage is called one of Paul's "Prison Letters." It wasn't his only time in prison. In the end, Paul was beheaded. Either Nero or one of Nero's subordinates ordered Paul's death. Paul could see the writing on the wall. Anticipating his death, Paul wrote to Timothy, "For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award me on that Day, and not only me but also to all who have loved his appearing." {2 Timothy 4:6-8} How beautiful that we might one day write such words!

We begin the new year thinking about this race which God has called us to run. I remember back in high school, when I ran cross country, I would spend time getting acquainted with the course, running through it mentally. I would think about every turn and hill. Every point for passing and every point of attack. I wonder what it was like for Paul to think about every place he was going, every church he would plant, every life transformed by God. You know everything Paul did involved more than simply showing up. He had to plan. And think strategically. And also be prepared for God's sudden change of plans or direction.

For your quiet time…for prayer time…for your thinking time…do you have a special place? Do you do it when out for a walk? Is there a specific room you go to? Do you ever just sit and think? I'm really good at doing that. Sometimes I think while I sit. It's always a good thing to think about your place is God's world…how He's using yo