This is what God, the LORD, says – who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk on it – “I am the LORD. I have called you for a righteous purpose, and I will hold you by your hand. I will watch over you, and I will appoint you to be a covenant for the people and a light to the nations.” Isaiah 42:5-6 CSB
Isaiah was a prophet; he spoke God’s words to the people of Israel. God’s people had been defeated in battle, God’s temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and many of the people were taken captive by the Babylonians. It was a sad time for Israel.
The whole first part of this chapter gives hope back to God’s people, Israel. Isaiah is telling the people that God is sending His “servant,” a “chosen one,” who has God’s Spirit and will “bring justice to the nations.” The servant will be a gentle and strong teacher. Can you guess who this is? You’re right, it is a prophecy about Jesus!
And our verses start with a description of God as the Creator of everything. God has called His servant, Jesus, for a righteous purpose. Jesus is appointed to be the new covenant with the people, to save people and bring them closer to God, and to be a light to all nations.
So, how does this apply to us? If we are Christians, Christ followers, we strive to be more like Jesus. We try to be kind, to love others, to encourage and help those around us, just like Jesus. God gives us this purpose, too. God wants us to share our story and our faith in Jesus with others. God wants us to be a light to the people around us.
This week, talk to your parents. How can you share your story about what God and Jesus have done for you? How can you shine the light of Jesus for others? Maybe you can invite a friend to come to church, or help someone with their homework, or just be friendly to the new kid at school, or even help someone with a chore.
Find at least two things you can do this week to fulfill the purpose God has for all of us as Christians.
Blessings as you become more like Jesus!