Life on Purpose: God’s Presence

Written by: Emily Pelley

This fall marks an important change for our family. We are a part of a team here in Halifax that is planting a new church, and we have just begun our weekly meetings last month. We are passionate about reaching people in our city with the hope and love of Jesus, and we are excited about what this next chapter will bring!

Mark 16:15 in The Message says,

“Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.”

I am excited for the churches in Halifax, for the people who are busy loving God and loving our communities. The heartbeat of our God is to see broken people restored and brought into a beautiful relationship with Jesus. And any way we can be a part of that is a huge blessing.

I want to challenge you today, wherever your journey has brought you, to not shy away from what you feel God has asked you to do. Being brave enough to step away from the comfortable or familiar is necessary for us to truly trust God. How else can He get all the glory from our lives? He is with us every moment, and asks us to get our strength, our peace and our hope from His alone. We need to be careful what we embrace in life. If we embrace security or comfort, it will not give us the strength we need. We must embrace Jesus- build our relationship with Him by reading His word and spending time with him.

I do not believe that the purpose of God’s presence with us is for Him to be some silent, passive observer. I do not believe that Jesus came to earth to die just so that we could have something to do on a Sunday morning. Jesus came to earth to change EVERYTHING. He opened up our access to God (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 1:17). Ephesians 3:12 says,

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Jesus changed our future, giving us a glorious destiny (Ps 73:24). Such amazing grace calls for more than polite reverence or passive acknowledgement. Jesus laid it all down for us and promised that if we do the same, we will inherit the earth (Matt 19:29). Your church, your family, your community needs you to be exactly the person God has made you to be. Be one who lives life on purpose- who does not shy away from the uncomfortable.

“Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”      (Joshua 1:9 MSG)

PS- I ask you all to pray for my church. It is called Nova Church. Here is the website with all the details: