Purpose and the Cross 2

“And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.”  (Isa. 46:4

From The Christian Church in the Last Days

One of the themes of this post is that it takes the cross of Jesus Christ applied to our lives, actualized through the spiritual rebirth described in the gospel of John chapter three and symbolized in believer’s water baptism, to effectively remove the debilitating aspects of our self-in-charge natures.  This creates the space for God to insert His higher ways into our lives.

When we allow God to displace our plans with His life-script for us, even though our performance may be flawed at times, the game-plan itself is absolutely perfect.  When we willingly submit to the God-inspired destiny for our lives, we embark upon a journey having the tightest specifications crafted exclusively to match our created abilities, talents, and purpose.  A God-composed journey of faith provides structure, direction, and momentum to the element of purpose we already have designed within us.  A biblical quality journey of faith through the cross enlists and connects to purpose at the fundamental core of its meaning.

The beauty of this is that the cross element in the biblical narrative stories of faith is as orthodox as orthodox can get.  The narrative stories of faith in the Bible are just as authoritative as the Ten Commandments or the Sermon on the Mount.  If we can clearly see the cross within the God-composed life-scripts of the great men and women of faith in the Bible, then we are viewing the precise handiwork of God perfectly integrated to the facility for purpose He placed within each of us.

For example, when Moses is in the middle of the ten miraculous plagues in Egypt designed to procure the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage as slaves, Moses is walking through the narrowest of circumstances having little or no wiggle-room (Matthew 7:13-14).  Each morning that Moses wakes up, he listens to God in the Spirit and desperately seeks God’s new and unique solution for that day to persuade the despotic Pharaoh to release the Israelites.  In the middle of any of the ten plagues, Moses is engaged within the tightest life-and-death scenario of events designed to progress toward a positive outcome that by all outward appearances in the present moment borders on the edge of being hopeless.

As one miraculous plague after another fails to move Pharaoh off of his stubbornly entrenched position, the faith and trust of Moses in the character and ability of God to come through with the next brilliant step is daily put to the test.  Today we miss much of the in-the-moment suspense and drama when looking back in hindsight at the entire story, because we already know the positive ending to the story.

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.

2 thoughts on “Purpose and the Cross 2”

  1. Good reminder, Barton, that we can rest and trust in God’s bird’s-eye view of all matters that appear hopeless to us. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as I work on a memoir. He’s still the God of miracles.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    1. Thanks Wendy…the “looks impossible to us” part is what lifts a God-composed life-script up and out of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…only God can do that…this is a beautiful but difficult thing that separates the biblical stories of faith from normal human literary fiction…no human writer would inventively create as a goal something that only God could resolve. God bless you in the writing of your memoir.

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