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Saved From Something, FOR Something

Does anyone remember that scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off when his friends, Cameron and Sloan, were walking in the Plaza talking about what life would be like after High School? No? Just me? Well anyway, I remember Cameron saying he didn't know what he would do, to which Sloan simply says "College." Cameron replies "Yeah, but to do what?" I know this thought resonates with many who are leaving school, who are in the work force, or who are, whether in their 20s, 30s, or later, still trying to figure out what they would do to find fulfillment in life. May I contend that all of us will never find TRUE contentment outside of Christ? Yet some will say "I will get saved." And I will respond "Yeah, saved to do what?" Beloved believers, we are not merely saved FROM something, but we are also bought with a purpose. It's why many people come to the Altar, get Baptized, and are left with a feeling of "now what?" You are more than merely a number on a role. Now, don't get me wrong, this is not a "We need Children's Ministry Volunteers" push; it's a reminder that you were called from sin and darkness in to His Marvelous Light for His divine purposes. 1 Corinthians 12-14, and Romans 12 remind us that we are members of the Body and have a purpose and a part in it. We are reminded throughout the New Testament that we are members of a Spiritual House, being built brick by Brick on the Cornerstone of Christ, a Royal Priesthood with Jesus as our High Priest (2 Peter 2:4-5). You're not a place holder, you're a purposeful vessel in the House of God that He has redeemed and set up with a place and purpose (2 Timothy 2:20-21). So how do we know our Purpose? Ask, Seek, Knock. (Matthew 7:7-12). Ask the Lord for your purpose and gifts, that He may receive all glory and others may see His Glory and give Him praise through your obedience to Him. You are bought with a price for a purpose. Live that purpose in Jesus Christ every moment of every day. 2 Timothy 1:8-14 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

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