Focal passage: Isaiah 43:1-7
For U.S. Marine Jason Thomas, Sept. 11, 2001, began just like any other morning as he dropped off his daughter at her grandmother’s house. He was completely unaware of the disaster occurring just miles away at the World Trade Center.
In those hours after the towers collapsed, however, James Thomas became a hero. He heard the tragic news, donned his uniform, turned his car toward the terror and joined the rescue effort. Thomas saved the lives of at least two officers that day.
On this 15th anniversary of 9/11, we honor the heroism of Jason Thomas.
We also understand with gratefulness that this Marine was doing exactly what he had been trained to do. He was living out his purpose as a Marine, saving lives and defending the United States.
Because of our identity as Christians, we too have a specific purpose. We may not wear a uniform, but we have been created for a reason. God reminds the people of Israel of this purpose in Isaiah 43:1-7.
As Christians, we can celebrate that these same promises are true for us as well.
We were made to be in relationship with God. In Isaiah 43:1, he says, “I have called you by your name; you are Mine.” God desires intimacy with us, and we belong to Him.
What’s more, God longs for us to enjoy His love, declaring, “you are precious in My sight and honored, and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4). God doesn’t just want an army of robots. He loves us and wants us to love Him in return.
But our purpose doesn’t stop there. God’s great love compels us to action. We are intended to bring God glory, honoring Him in the way we live our lives and use our resources.
Marines like Jason Thomas have a purpose. They are trained to defend and protect the United States. As Christians, God has created us for something far greater.
We will find our greatest joy and contentment in life when we choose to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.