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Living for a Cause Greater than Yourself

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OK, another inbox message in email that I just had to respond to. This was from Os Hillman at Marketplace Leaders. His daily devotional is always challenging and certainly gives room for tough self reflection and soul searching. Here is today’s:

Living for a Cause Greater than Yourself
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Wednesday, January 13 2010

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked (Ps 82:3-4).
God raises up leaders to take on causes that are much greater than themselves. However, these causes are often first birthed as a result of a personal crisis or conviction; then this leads to a larger cause.

Martin Luther King had a personal conviction that racial discrimination was wrong. He sought to change this through preaching and nonviolent demonstrations. It wasn’t long before this became the conviction of others and it became a movement larger than any one person.

William Wilberforce was a political statesman in England. He came to Christ when he was twenty-eight years old. He began to have personal convictions about slavery in England and he committed his life to the goal of destroying slavery. He finally achieved his goal after fifty years of work. His work also resulted in sixty-four world changing initiatives before he died.

William Wallace was burdened about the persecution his country received from the wicked English king named Edward the Longshanks. Born in 1272, Wallace grew up under the persecution from the wicked king. When he was older, he led a rebellion against England that resulted in the freedom for the nation of Scotland. The popular movie, Braveheart, was the story of William Wallace.

My own ministry to those in the workplace first began as a personal crisis. This developed later into a call to serve believers in the marketplace.

Has God allowed a crisis in your life? God often raises leaders and begins movements as a result of a personal crisis in a leader’s life.

What can I say except “AMEN!”

Lord, life has been challenging this past year, and I realize that some of my struggles come with accepting changes to my life, but I also ask you to show me how I can take these changes and push them toward advancing a cause greater than myself. Show me what you want my life to bear fruit of and lead me in clear steps toward following your plan. May my life and the ash heap that it often feels like yield a peacable fruit of righteousness. May you have a voice through me to this dark and sin scarred world. Amen”

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