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    What Drives You?

    We all have built-in DNA that drives us each day to seek meaning and purpose for our existence. Each of us—at one point or another—asks, “What gives me joy and significance in how I am living my life?”

    Blaise Pascal, the famous mathematician and philosopher once said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ.”

    I believe that is true, and the hole or “vacuum” in our heart is what drives us to find something or someone that gives us peace and purpose. As Christians, our existence is designed to be in Jesus Christ alone—the Author of all life for all eternity.

    But our post-modern culture says there is no absolute truth and that everyone has their own truth. Culture says that everyone must determine their own purpose and significance.

    No wonder the Bible says that we “exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator ... (Romans 1:25).”

    When we believe the lie of culture, we don’t think about the God who gives us existence and implanted a DNA in us that desires His eternal purpose. Apart from Him, we seek our truth instead of His and miss out on His eternal satisfaction and peace.

    Jesus and His agenda are the only things that can complete us in the way God the Father designed us. By buying the lie of culture that life is found in what we can see, touch, create, or accomplish, we miss the abundant life our Lord promises (John 10:10).

    Too many Christians have bought into the lie that the rules of engagement in daily life are built around what others think of us rather than what God thinks of us. It seems to me that if we don’t rise from our mat of complacency and epidemic of silence, the Church is toast.

    When the hand of God is at work in our lives, the grace-filled, truth-telling Bride of Christ is always moving forward, piercing the darkness and breaking the silence of culture with the light and life of Jesus.

    Daily we need to pull back the curtain of reality and believe the truth that Christ’s redeeming love is the crying need of the world. We know that Jesus saves and that joy and significance come through a relationship with Christ our Savior.

    Brothers and sisters, we know the answer to life’s purpose in Jesus. Let’s call each other to boldly share that "'Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).'"

    This is what must begin to drive us in our daily walk as the Church if we want to keep moving forward.

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    John Maisel

    John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.