Fulfill your purpose

Matthew 10: 27-28

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.  Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  NIV

I’m still thinking about the Ten Commandments, and whether they are reminders not to worry.  This morning, I went to Exodus 20 and read through the list … but the task seems a bit daunting and the thinking a bit deep for a holiday week, so I went back to Matthew where the reminders are more straightforward … yet no less important.

The Message translates verse 28, “Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies.  There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being.  Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life — body and soul — in his hands.” MSG

One of the first principles I learned about marketing is this — if you don’t define your message, someone else will define it for you.

As Christians, we’ve been given everything we need to mount a very effective communication campaign.  We have a compelling topic, a real human interest story and a very powerful call to action.

But, how often do we remain silent in situations where we should be delivering our message?  How often do worries about what other people will think cause us to remain silent?

This verse succinctly states that we shouldn’t worry about what others think … our real worry should be over our ability to fulfill God’s purpose for us here on earth.

That’s what I’ll think about today.

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