It’s not uncommon these days to hear about instability in humanity; breakups, people being let go from jobs… all leading to an overall undervaluing of worth. I once heard the phrase “replaceable” to describe our society’s way of thinking toward one another. And while some may see each other as temporary, fortunately, God sees us as “indispensible.” We each play a crucial and totally unique role in God’s master plan, one that was designed for us even before we were born.
I remember thinking for a portion of my life “What is my purpose?” “What can I do for God?” Let me tell you every single person has been gifted for a task by the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12: 4-7
“4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”
If you have ever been told that you aren’t good enough, smart enough or capable enough to accomplish something in life, you have been lied to. The truth is God has given you everything you need to carry out the task you have been assigned. And most importantly, you are NOT going it alone. God promises to be with us and strengthen us along the way.
Genesis 28:15 “What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”
And the final words Jesus spoke before He ascended in to Heaven were the promise of His constant presence.
“20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
So don’t be afraid to hold on to things in life. Because love is precious, kindness is rare and the stable things in life are hard to find. I came across this new song by Country musician Dierks Bentley called “I Hold On” where he admits to finding strength among faithful things.
What should we hold on to? The knowledge that while we are living there is work for us to do, though we need not be afraid because we have the Creator of Heaven and Earth with us, and he has equipped us with the necessary tools to run the remainder of the race and finish strong.
NOTE: I do not own this video
“I Hold On”
It’s just an old beat up truck, some say that I should trade up
Now that I got some jangle in my pocket
But what they don’t understand is it’s the miles that make a man
I wouldn’t trade that thing in for a rocket
What they don’t know is my dad and me, we drove her out to Tennessee
She’s still here and now he’s gone
So I hold on..
It’s just an old beat up box, its rusty strings across the top
It probly don’t look like much to you
But these dents and scratches in the wood, yea that’s what makes it sound so good
To me it’s better than brand new
You see this here flat top guitar, has had my back in a million bars
Singing every country song
So I hold on..
To the things, I believe in
My faith, your love, our freedom
To the things I can count on
To keep me going strong
Yeah I hold on, I hold on..
Like the stripes to the flag, like a boy to his dad
I cant change who I am, right or wrong
So I hold on..
Yeah baby lookin at you right now, there ain’t never been no doubt
Without you I’d be nothing
So if you ever worry about.. me walkin out
Yeah let me tell you something..
I hold on.. I hold on..
Can you hear me baby.. I hold on