GOD SEEKER MESSAGES with Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2022
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Song prayer: MASTER REDEEMER
I am just past the beginning of my 7th decade of life. Like so many before me, in my teens, 20s and 30s, it seemed as if anyone over 60 seemed old. However, now that I am here, it is as if I am just hitting my stride.
God has no rules which say any age is worth more than another. And there is no age or even condition He sees as worthless. On the contrary, in God’s kingdom—in His culture—according to His way of seeing things—every person has a grand purpose. This means you. And every day is priceless because it is a day when you can productively serve Him, no matter your circumstances.
Personally, there remains so much I want to do! So much I feel as if He is calling me to. These are contributions which I hope He allows me to make. Yet, there are no guarantees any of us will live a certain length of time. We are not promised a particular number of years. That’s not how it works. It’s not how God set it up to be, though with our limited mortal human vision which can only see the here and now, sometimes we may wish it were.
There is one certainty. We were born and there will be a day we physically die. The lives we are living now will end. The soul will go on. But our time here—a time when we can have an effect—will be over. I do not say this to be negative or morbid, but because truly coming to terms with this, puts everything else into perspective. Ultimately this real realization brings hope and inspiration, motivation and galvanization to purpose, not discouragement.
There is a contrast between the intentionality with which most of us are raised to live and the intentionality with which we were designed to live under God. Please stay with me. Where I am going with this is not the usual legalistic list of have-to-dos or even shoulds. Neither is it a recommendation to go forward with an attitude of laissez-faire—that anything goes. It’s truly that search for a life trajectory with meaning the way God intended it and offers it, so that here and now makes sense and begins to fulfill you while letting you affect yet others in the way that has always been planned. Life which is God-intended. God-planned. Worth living. With God-effect. And Holy Spirit-led.
We are born into human-invented cultural structures and ways of thinking which both consciously and subconsciously impart more limited ideas of how we are to live and what is important. These ideas are conveyed as if they are the only right ways to think, to prioritize and to value. Herewith I am not condemning human cultures. It is not wrong that various cultures exist. It is God-designed. He ordained many different cultures to spring forth as His creation spread across the earth. The cultures which developed are not a surprise to Him. Each people group needed to find a way to survive in the varied geographies in which they settled. There were different climates and different food availability. Like us today, all people groups needed to find a way to explain their existence. Where they came from and how they were to live.
What I am saying is that there is a God-culture beyond which we the people have been able to perceive on our own. A way of being which supersedes all human structures and is more satisfying and fulfilling because it’s what we were created for. God shares, that part of His story about His ongoing love for all of us, is that He Himself chose to reveal this different way of life through Jesus. It is a way of life which can exist and thrive within any limited human culture because it consists in how we treat one another. It is a way of life with ongoing honor given to God because we are imitating Him. It is a living not worried about dying but functioning in the peace of knowing here is not the end. It is an intentional living looking to have His effect here until that unknown moment He takes each of us to Him there. This is what Jesus’ coming was all about. Jesus alone provided the way for us to return to beautiful, right relationship with God, where we live according to His plan because it was this for which we were designed. Where we look to God to care for us even as we long to express our appreciation, devotion and love for Him by fulfilling our extraordinarily individual and unique parts of His plan.
By every day of His 33-year life, Jesus gave the true view of how God’s new way would be. This revitalized way of living. Jesus declared that He was the way, truth and life. In other words, how He lived is the actual way we are meant to live. His way of living represents not a single human-designed culture but the God-designed overriding truth of how life is to be. And through Him and with Him, He ushers those of us who choose to believe and follow into a reconciled, restored, renewed relationship with God Himself. This puts us on His intended continuum of here through forever purposeful, satisfying living, in unity with His purposes for all people from now through forever. Death no longer the stopping place, but just a door to move through.
Think about that for a moment. Death no longer the end! Once we really begin to wrap our minds and hearts around this fact, there is a holy freedom which comes. A great sigh of relief. Yes, the reality check that there is death. But so what? If you are a God-Seeker remember He promises to be found by you. If you are a God-Seeker, making trying to learn more about Him and imitate Him your priority, then He will make up the difference. He will do what you cannot. That’s what Jesus is all about. God’s love making up for whatever you might lack. (And you will lack. You won’t be perfect. Because you are not and never will be God.)
So what are we to do with the time that we have? Have a God-effect here. And that is something God longs to do through you every day. Supreme and satisfying intentionality! Every day filled with purpose. Every moment. Because God is not bound by our cultural perception of life’s meaning. He is unstirred by our emphasis on the vague and unsustainable concept of human-driven success. Whatever we have thought important and priority does not change His.
God has a plan for you to be part of His plan. Yes, His plan. The plan for letting people know He is here. The plan for loving on all people and providing for them even while we are in this tainted, less-than-perfect mortal existence. The plan for enabling all who want it, to be restored back to His kingdom so we can live in this continuum of working for God now through forever. Purposeful living. No longer worried about death, but choosing to be open for God to use us in every moment of this life, which He ordains us to have.
This is a beauty He puts into life regardless of circumstances—which often will not be heavenly and will frequently be troubling and cause us to have hurting hearts. And God still there through it all, calling to each one and wanting to help each one, even as He continuously deploys us for the aid of yet another. In the Kingdom of God every person matters and each one is equal to the other. This temporal world is a mess. His Kingdom is not of this world. But He works through each of us in this world specifically to bring His beloved Kingdom way nearer until the day He calls each of us home. He is Comforter. Consoler. Helper. Healer. Restorer. Justice-bringer. Shelter in storms. He uses you. You are called to a God-purpose in your life. Every moment. To live with unfathomable God-driven intentionality which fills you daily with joy! Holy Spirit, is there to communicate to you the specifics. More about Him to later. Are you ready? Are you listening for His marching orders? Have you already begun? Let the excitement build.
Listen to the song MASTER REDEEMER. It is a music prayer of offering yourself to God. To unite yourself with His overriding purposes. Listen more than once for the song to become your own prayer. You can find it on my YouTube channel. Just search for my name, Elizabeth Fulgaro. It is also available on various streaming services and CD.
Let’s finish with a Scripture—a verse from the Bible.
Luke 12:4 (AMPCE)
I tell you, My friends, do not dread and be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do.
Until next time, I am praying for you. Offer yourself to God with the song MASTER REDEEMER and keep seeking God.
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