The Happy Birthday Imperative

Posted by admin on October 3, 2013 under Encouraging Words | Comments are off for this article

Australian Puppy Tin Tin Satterfield, March 2013

Today is my birthday, which is five years since a not-s0-happy “chemo-radiation” birthday .

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for healing me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!   Thank You, Good Shepherd, for carrying me through the valley of the shadow of death!  I rejoice in all Your blessings and faithful provisions for me and my family.

Today my reading in the Gospel of John brought me to one of my favorite stories–The Man Born Blind in John 9!  (I encourage you to read the whole chapter before the journal entry below.)

A man born blind sat begging as Jesus passed by.  The crowds ignored his cries, but Jesus saw him.  He turned immediately toward the beggar.

The disciples, however, wanted Jesus to explain the man’s blindness: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?” (9:2)

But Jesus,  dismissing their idea of a vindictive God, corrected them.  “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents.  This came about that God’s works might be displayed in him.”

And He added, “We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day.” (9:3)

Jesus’ imperative was not to question God but to demonstrate His love, power, and glory, bringing Light into the darkness of a spiritually blind world.

Yes, God let the man be born blind but only that the Lord Jesus might heal him both in body and soul!(9:35-38)

I might ask, “Lord, did You give me cancer because of my sins?”

But Jesus declares, “Not at all.  This is God’s plan to display His wonderful work in your life.”

I used to wallow in self-pity and depression  when troubles came. Through cancer (and many other challenges in life) I found out that God does indeed work out all things for our good and His glory.

Satan would like to use our troubles for evil, but God intends and uses them for good.

Someday we will be “absent from the body and present with the Lord.” (2 Cor.5:8)  Death will be swallowed up in victory as our mortality puts on immortality.  What a blessing that will be!

But while we are here, as those who see clearly in darkness, we share one purpose–to do the works He sets before us.  “For we are His creation–created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)

No matter our age or abilities in the flesh, each of us who is “in Christ Jesus” are commissioned and then equipped to follow Him in doing good works. As folks used to say, we are “saved to serve.”

I had to give up doing some things I loved when got cancer.  But I am discovering new things the Lord has for me.  I know I still have a purpose and a high calling–and so do you, my friend,  as we walk in relationship with the Lord each day.

Thank You, Lord, for giving all of my life meaning and purpose. Open my eyes to see You and join You in Your work today.  Amen. 




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