Embracing Purpose: Our Roadmap After Accepting Christ

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After accepting Christ, have you ever asked yourself, “What’s next?” I’m sure the Hebrew people thought the same thing when they left Egypt. After being in bondage for so long, they were finally packing up to begin their journey. But where were they headed, and how long would it take to get there? Today, we will discuss what God requires of us once we’ve taken the step of faith to welcome His Son Jesus into our lives and leave our spiritual Egypt. Remember, it is a walk of faith, and the Holy Spirit is there with us every step of the way.

In Deuteronomy 10, the Hebrew people had left Egypt and had been in the wilderness for a while. They had just witnessed their leader, Moses, ascend the mountain with two stone tablets to be with the Lord. After being alone with the Lord, He told Moses it was time for them to begin their journey to possess the land He had promised to give his forefathers. Accepting Christ into our lives is just the beginning of our journey. First, the wilderness is a place of trial for us as believers and is not a bad place to be in our walk because it draws us closer to the Lord and makes us trust Him more. We see God providing everything they needed to survive the elements of the desert. By day He gave them a pillar of cloud to shade them from the scorching sun and a pillar of fire by night to give them light and warmth during the desert cold, as well as water and manna. Remember the two stone tablets. While on the mountain, God gave Moses specific instructions that we must apply to our own lives. In verse 12, Moses stands before the people just like our Pastor does and tells them they must fear the Lord, this is a reverent fear for Him. The Lord required them to fear Him by obeying the Laws He had given Moses. This is the Word of God that transforms our minds and changes our hearts. He knew our old mindset had to change to reach our Promised Land. Next, He requires us to walk in all His ways through His word. I once learned in Sunday School that the Bible meant: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. If one considers, everything necessary for reaching our spiritual Promised Land (Heaven) is found in the Bible. Therefore, we are called to love Him above our own life. This means we now walk to do His will and not our own. But this part won’t happen if we don’t do the first two. The wilderness is where change happens, it’s a pattern for transformation, and during our trials in the wilderness, He reveals Himself to us, and we develop a deeper trust in Him. Now, we are ready to serve Him by serving in our church and serving others. Matthew 20:28 tells us the “Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Jesus is God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and He did not come thinking about Himself. Think about it. They are in the wilderness, some are on donkeys, even horses with carriages, while others are walking famished from the heat. We serve others by helping them in their journey. Maybe we give them encouraging words like, “Come on you can do it, we’re almost there.” God has called us to this spiritual journey and wants us to know the only way we are going to make it to our Promised Land is if we follow these specific instructions. But, that’s not all! Deuteronomy 11:19 tells us “We shall teach them to our children,” These instructions are passed down through generations, and are never-ending.

This is our purpose and our call. Remember: He took us out of bondage and made us free. Yes, the journey may be tiring, but if we want to make it, we have to follow His leading. There is no one else in this world who can show us the way, but the Way Himself. Together, we can make it.

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