It came to me to use this title for the blog this week. Aunt Mary brought it up a while back that Pastor Gaines used this in one of his sermons. He said everyone wants to live the American dream: work long enough to retire, accumulate enough money, and move to their favorite spot near the beach. However, Pastor Gaines reminded us that we are here for a purpose. What will people remember you by? At the end of our lives, we have to give an account for what we have done on earth as believers for God (Romans 14:12).
Pastor Gaines mentioned that we are not just here to live the American dream, get rich and die. Pastor Gaines said, “Don’t slow up, ’til you go up.” Cicely Tyson passed on to the the next life on Thursday January 28th. She was a great actress and kept going until her last breath. She knew her purpose and walked in it. I like the response she used when Gayle King asked her “What do you want to be remembered by?” Cicely Tyson said, “That I l did my best.” While writing this blog on the morning of my birthday, I wanted to make sure I do my best while I am here on earth. Cicely Tyson said, “As long as I am breathing, I have a purpose”. She kept working in the movie industry and just wrote a book. She did not slow up.
In Luke 19:30, Jesus told His disciples to occupy until I return. Webster’s meaning ofoccupy means to take possession or control of; to fill or perform the functions of an office or position. ‘
Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 12 concerning the gifts of the spirit to see how you can perform the functions God gave us here on this earth. We all need each other’s gifts. Life is short. We must take advantage of everyday we are here and not waste it. We are here for someone else, not just ourselves. Romans 14:7 says “No one lives to oneself and no one dies to oneself. We live and die unto the Lord.”
I want to be like Jesus when he was complete with His work. After He took his last breath on the cross He said, “It is finished.”
Don’t slow up, ’til you go up!
Prayer: God, I thank you for the purpose and plan you have for my life. I operate in the gifts you have given me here on earth to glorify and point people to you. I redeem the time according to Ephesians 5:16 because the days are evil. I take every opportunity while I still have breath in me to do good. I repent of thinking only of myself. Jesus came to seek and save those that were lost and did not know God. Jesus left me an example to follow in His footsteps. I let the love of God flow through me to draw people to Jesus. I let my light shine that people will see your good works and glorify you. I praise you in Jesus’ name! Amen.