8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank.
Living life as a christian gives us purpose, often for the very first time. Our purpose is simple, to bring & give God glory in all we say & do. Before Jesus, I didnt know what direction to go, often jumping on this fade or chasing after that idea. Since coming to Christ, I have been firmly established, grounded in truth, have clear goals. I discovered the reason of my existence. Since that first day of receiving Christ in my life, purposed in my heart I was going to live after Him. Have I been perfectly devoted, no, but as best I could and my desire is to shine for Him. I want all who know me, see me, to see Jesus period. Oh, just so I dont sound selfless or super spiritual, He has been all faithful to me and has blessed me regardless of my meager efforts. I dont live holy, set apart, because I believe it equals salvation, I live set apart because Im saved. This pig (me) that loved to run to the mud & sloop at any chance I could has been changed into a sheep, that hates the defilements of this world. It pains me truly to ever spend time in the pig pens of this world and bring any kind of unwarranted criticism to my Lord and Savior. I guess what Im saying is this, a purposeful heart begins now, not later! My prayer yesterday, today, & tomorrow, Lord give me a heart with purpose for You.