For a higher purpose

by DP

“They were delighted when they heard why he had come, and they promised to give him money. So he began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.” – Mark 14:11

We all know this story. The man Jesus had entrusted the finances, was the very one that turned against him. Sadly, it happens very often. It is that sense of unbelief, grief and even emptiness that floods our entire inner being. I am talking about the moment you realize that those you had trusted and confided, have turned their backs on you. You thought you knew someone, and then they reveal their true value. The unbelief and sadness fills your soul because you have realized that the unthinkable has happened, you have been betrayed.

Jesus knew this very well. He had poured out his entire strength and energy to help and uplift one of his own. But the one that betrayed him, also fulfilled a higher purpose in Jesus life. Without the betrayer, we wouldn’t have the cross. And without the cross, there would not be salvation. Pain brought upon a blessing.

You might be going through a similar situation. A spouse, a family member, a co-worker, a business partner or a friend, someone in whom you had poured out your trust into, but has done or said something that has hurt you deeply. These are moments that pound inside of you with pain, sadness, and a sense of emptiness. You might be questioning, why this injustice? And it is only natural to feel that way, but Jesus clearly stated, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” And it is through Him that we can do the same. In these words he affirmed that we would undoubtedly experience, trails. But he also cemented, that through Him, we would be victors in spite of it.

Jesus went even further to say, “Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” So if you dwell in the pain, you will never move forward and you will become stagnant and consume yourself. Look at the trial as the step that will thrust you further in life and will help you grow more and more; the betrayal will be transformed into a blessing. The pain will birth new life in you, and you in turn will experience a new sense of purpose and your heart will be free and you will rise to new heights.

We are reminded in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” So this moment in your story might have come to you not to break you but to make you. This moment has come for a higher purpose.

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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© Copyright DP, 2011

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


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