Purpose and Meaning in Life, Part 4

I have struggled my entire Christian life with the conflicting internal dichotomy of self-autonomy, versus yielding to the will of God the full and complete course of my life in my journey of faith…as has every biblical character of faith (Rom. 7:15-25)…as has all of mankind (Rom. 9:30-33).  We possess the free-will to go our own way, and we possess the free-will to respond in faith to our callings and follow Jesus Christ as Lord and King in our lives.

Discovering the all-truth of John 16:13 costs something…it costs the letting go of our claim to worldly conventional normalcy in exchange for God’s higher ways and plans for our lives.  This started with Abraham leaving the city of Haran in journeying toward the Promised Land of Canaan.  Letting go of the conventionally familiar, the comfortable, and the secure is the dangerous part of a journey of faith following Jesus Christ.

Pride-filled self-autonomy (living outside of our true purpose…our life-script…the most basic definition of sin), seeking our own way through  horizontally conventional normalcy…lions thinking it would be better to be like cheetahs or finches thinking it would be better to be like ducks…is essentially the most subtle of lies…the most destructive of untruths.  The fundamental tension between God’s way and our way forms the split…the break-away from worldly conventional thinking…that at the foremost edge of the pursuit of truth-in-living got Jesus Christ crucified (Jn. 5:39; 8:19; 8:42).  Taking up our cross and following Jesus Christ is the liberating action of exercising faith to step-out into our God-composed journey of faith…to discover and recover our true program…to become who we were created to be.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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