When we admit the truth and begin to live as God intended, we will help others. That life is one of freedom because God has forgiven us ad helps us move forward. We will make a difference when we live that way and share where we have been.
"Only a church full of imperfect people, acting as His body, can bring the hope and healing needed to change our postmodern world for the better – one life at a time." (John Burke, No Perfect People Allowed, page 9)
Here is what we will be able to do with we get honest and help others as God has helped us:
We will be able to comfort those who mourn.
Isaiah 61:2 (NASB) --- … To comfort all who mourn
You have been there. Someone has comforted you and most likely you have comforted someone else. This is as easy as a hug, a pray or just being there when you are needed.
We will help rebuild what is broken or even ruined.
Isaiah 61:4-5 (NASB) --- Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks, And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.
Failure can teach us to succeed. From where you have been, I can learn, and we can help each other rebuild was has be broken a part. Another awesome picture is like what happened in Job. He was successful and lost almost everything. Because we was faithful, God restored and rebuilt his life.
We will people remove shame.
Isaiah 61:7 (NASB) --- Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs.
Guilt and shame keep people from believing God and even following Jesus. By letting Jesus work in our lives and sharing that with others, their shame and guilt will be gone. Shame can be replaced with joy. That is an awesome truth.
Let me end by telling you what I believe we are when we help others. You don't have to be a pastor. But here is what will be said of you:
Isaiah 61:6 (NASB) --- But you will be called the priests of the LORD; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God You will eat the wealth of nations, And in their riches you will boast.
When we share with others, we minister and share the greatness of God. Lives will be changed. People will say you are a priest (bringing people closer to God), a minister (helping people understand and know God) and find success (the kind that only comes from God). A huge blessing is missed and people are not helped when we don't admit our imperfection and our trouble.
God can and will take our trouble and make good things come out of it. Helping others we demonstrate the love of God to our community one person at a time and see God work miracles all around us.
Be transparent. Admit you aren't perfect. Share with you know someone is hurting. You may be the person God uses to bring one more person closer to Him.
That's living with purpose.