Thursday, September 9, 2010
Each Of Us Has A Divine Purpose On Earth
I just recently finished reading through the book of John again. When I got to verse four above I had to stop and really reflect. You see at this point in the book Jesus had been betrayed and his accusers were on their way to arrest him. He knew that they were going to kill him. The final hours of His life had come and He knew that He was completing the work that He had come to this earth to do. Facing the end of His life He could confidently say to our Heavenly Father,
“I brought glory to You here on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.”
This made me think, will we be able to say the same thing when our lives’ are nearing its end? Will we be able to say that we have brought Jesus glory in this world, in our families, in our communities, in our work places, and in our schools? Will we be able to say that we have completed the work He gave us to do?
I believe that we can say these words IF we begin to seek Him first in everything we do and IF we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in our daily lives. Then we will fulfill our divine purpose in this world.
Let no one reading this be confused in or in doubt, EACH OF US HAS A DIVINE PURPOSE ON EARTH. Our lives are not an accident. Our salvation is not a coincidence. We are part of His divine plan and He has something specific for each of us to do here on this earth. We were born and reborn in Christ, saved for God’s service. Our Heavenly Father confirms it in Jeremiah 29:11 when He says,
“For I know the thoughts and PLANS that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” (NLT)
Ephesians 2: 10 reaffirms that our Lord has a divine and specific plans for us by saying,
“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” (Amplified Bible)
This is why He has given each of us special gifts and talents. We are gifted to serve Christ and others. Our gifts bring glory to God when we are using them to minister to the lost, love and comfort the hurting, and encouraging others to keep pressing forward. Our gifts both natural and spiritual are given to us so we can help each other. Our divine purpose and the work He has given each of us to do is to be His mouthpiece. We are called to be His ambassadors and conduits of His love. Our gifting, whatever they may be, will help spread the message about Christ Jesus. He will use our gifting to open divine doors of opportunity to share the Truth about Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:7 & Ephesians 4:12)
When our Savior laid down His life for us He did it so that we who would believe in Him would become new people in Him. We are no longer to live for ourselves. Instead we are to live for Christ. Our new life in Christ is a gift from God. In our new life we have a task to complete and is to reconcile people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. This is our divine purpose, to share the Gospel, the message of salvation with the world around us. (Ephesians 4:20-24, 2 Corinthians 5:19-20)
So like our Lord we must let our light shine for all to see. We must share the love of Christ with those He puts in our path and help those in need. Let us be living testimonies of Christ Jesus and glorify God by completing the work He gave us to do here on this here. May the day come that we hear our Lord say,
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”