Sunday, June 14, 2015

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column

From the June 2015 Camp 1524 Dispatch newsletter:

The Purpose of Life
Scripture 2 Corinthians 3:15-18
            Have you ever asked the question, why am I here on earth? No doubt this question has crossed everybody’s mind at some point in our lives. Unscriptural theories of evolution suggest that we are merely taking up space and will return to nothingness when we die. Others believe the cultural propaganda saying that we choose our own destiny or we can live for any cause we choose. But that is absolutely untrue! The Lord has placed us on this earth to fulfill His purpose.
     Our heavenly Father has a unique plan for every person’s life, but He means for us all to share one goal: to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ. The process of perfecting our moral, spiritual, and physical selves begins here on earth and is finished in heaven. Much of the work the Lord does in our earthly lives centers on our character. He shows us how to be as loving, kind, and peaceful as Jesus.
     One would think that being like God’s Son must require a lot of effort on our part. But the truth is, we are not called to work at it. The Holy Spirit indwells the believer and then lives the life of Christ through him or her. As Christians we have the responsibility to be submissive to His guidance. That means that we are to respond to every circumstance and each event with this question: "How can we use this to make us more like Jesus?"
     Our sovereign Lord is behind everything that happens in our lives. This means that He directly instigates the situation in our lives or He allows them to take place. Both trials and triumphs are engineered to fulfill Gods great purpose: crafting a life that reflects His love and glory to the world.
     Let’s not forget those on our prayer list.

Yours In Christ
Tom Snowden, Chaplain
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. James 5:16 

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