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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Which light are you living by?
By Dawn Dale


Don't you just wonder, what lies ahead?
There's peace in knowing, what Jesus said.
Where did you come from? Where will you go, where will you go?
Don't you wish you had the answers?
Don't you wish you had the answers?
Don't you wish you had the answers?
Well, I know.1

What a great song by Keith Green. What a great way to ask the question, "What is our purpose in life?"! Why was Keith Green allowed to live so fervently, and then, die so dramatically? Whatís the purpose in that?

Keith Green had a definite calling on his life. But, the definition of Christian places a call on all our lives. We may not have the musical, preaching, or speaking talent, but, if we consider the life of Christ within our hearts as anything less than all these talents put together, we are missing Christianity. Singing, speaking, or preaching to the masses is not a higher call than living our lives in an engaged way for Christ. There's real power in that. Can anything compete with the truly engaged Christian life?

Who really is impacting the world for Christ? Is it the Billy Graham or Keith Green types, those who are in the spotlight?

No, it's not the Billy Graham types. It's the Billy, John, Susie, and Jenny types that are truly effecting the world for Christ.

Never heard of them?

Good! The work that has real meaning isn't in the spotlight, it's in the street light!

It's time to live out our Christian faith. It's time to seek approval from God and not from men2. Do you think that the Billy Graham types have a greater reward than parents who work hard to supply for their children and who pray hard to sustain their children? I truly appreciate the ministry of those who are in the spotlight , but, I appreciate just as much the dedication of Christians who are engaged in the real world. I think that God sees their efforts in just as valuable of a light as those who are in the spotlight.

Which light are you living by? Is it the spotlight, where your works are displayed for the whole world to see? Or are you in the street light?

In the street light, you sense a power that comes only from God. You find a community that starts with you and God, and ends with a circle of believers, who share in the bond that only Christians know. Things begin to happen. A freedom opens up; you're not hampered by financial restraints that plague mega ministries, you're not hampered by frames or forms that box in those who speak from a pulpit. Instead, you have the one simple calling to be Christ-like in a dying world.

This truly engaged life has more purpose than complicated streams that we invent to give ourselves identity. It's simple, childlike faith that wins God's approval and spurs man's interest in the gospel.

I began with a song by Keith Green, entitled, "Don't You Wish You Had the Answers"1. Keith Green lived powerfully in the spotlight. He had the answers. He knew the One who had hung the stars in place. Those who are in the spotlight do, indeed, live powerfully. Those who are in the street light, however, live just as powerfully before God, I believe.

The life and death of Keith Green give a bold answer to the question "What is the purpose?". Our lives, whether lived under the spotlight or His streetlight are intended to point to the loving hand of God. I really miss the spirit of Keith Greenís ministry. His fervor pointed many to the loving hand of God. That seed, however, has fallen into the ground. Are you part of the abundant life that grows from this seed?

To be able to count for something as strongly and purposefully as Keith Green did is a noble aim. May we all have that goal, that aim in life.

Yet, remember the line that was spoken to Philip, one of Jesus' disciples in John 12:21, "We wish to see Jesus."3 The multitude is still saying this to you and I. In whatever way God instructs you, let them see Jesus! No one be will be able to debate that there's greater purpose for your life!

1. Green, Keith, The Ministry Years, Vol. 1, 1977-1979, Sparrow, 1999.
2. John 12:43 (NAS)
3. John 12:21 (NAS)

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Dorothy Purge06/01/06
I enjoyed reading the deep thoughts in this article and I particularly like the line which reads: "In the street light, you sense a power that comes only from God."
Dolores Stohler06/02/06
Well done! I tend to see myself as a seed planter--many seeds are sown but few will take root. By the way, I believe that Billy Graham's reward will be great; he has sown more seed than anyone else I know of. But many who walk in the light are unknown to the rest of God's world and, yes, they may be great in the eyes of the Lord.
Virginia Gorg06/03/06
Very nice article on Keith Green. He was, as you say, a man who knew God and walked with Him daily. I love his rendition of the 23rd Psalm. Stirring. Thanks for writing this.
Sherry Wendling06/05/06
Preach it! Not only a good message; this IS what the Holy Spirit is doing in the earth today--making us mighty in the trenches as a community, an army, together.

Keith inspired a whole generation to seek the FIRE. I've no doubt he's up there hanging out with King David, working on music for the wedding banquet! Keep on, warrior!
Edy T Johnson 06/07/06
I like that contrasting picture: the spotlight or the street light! Statistics show that the one-to-one is the most effective in bringing individuals into the Kingdom.