For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Born With a Purpose
God’s purpose cannot be thwarted in any way (Job 42:2), and in God’s sovereignty, there are no accidental births. Nothing every catches God by surprise. He knew in advance the day of your birth, and He has plans for you. The psalmist wrote that God would fulfill His purpose in him (Psalm 138:8). We know that even God’s Word goes out and does what He empowers it to do and that it always fulfills the purpose for which He sent it out to do (Isaiah 55:11), for no purpose from the Lord can ever be stopped (Jer. 4:28). Since Jesus is God, His purpose also cannot ever be thwarted (Luke 4:43), and regardless of the religious rulers rejecting God’s purposes, they are powerless against the omnipotent God (Luke 7:30). Just as Jesus’ purpose for coming into the world was to be a king (John 18:37), so too do we have a purpose. In fact, we were called according to God’s purpose (Rom. 8:28), and the purpose for believers is that we were predestined, or called; then justified; and, finally, glorified (Rom. 8:30) to become the very children of God and to be conformed into the image of the Son of God (Rom. 8:29).
Created for His Glory
Since we know that the creation declares God’s glory (Psalm 19:1), so too are those who are called by His name created for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). This was clearly understood by Paul, who told the Corinthians that since we’ve been bought by the blood of the Lamb of God, we should glorify God in our bodies (1 Cor. 6:20). Since God created us to be His handiwork, He set up for us in advance good works for us to do that would glorify God (Eph. 2:10).
God’s Purpose Stands
God raised up David for His purposes (Acts 13:36). Abraham was appointed to be the father of many nations by God’s purpose (Rom. 4:11). God raised up Pharaoh for His purpose (Rom. 9:17). Paul was converted for God’s purpose (Acts 26:16), and Christ died for a great purpose (Eph. 3:11; Gal. 4:17). So what about your purpose? What is your and my purpose? I believe that we were born at the right time and in the exact place that God purposed in His heart (Eccl. 3:1-2), and that purpose is to glorify God in our bodies in living a holy life, in doing good works for His glory, and in publically sharing the gospel of Christ for His glory. We were made for His glory, and that is our purpose on this Earth.
A Closing Prayer
Oh Creator God, my Father, You created all of us for Your glory, so help me to define what I need to do in my life that would bring You more glory, for You desire those to worship You in spirit and truth (John 4:24) and to bring You and Your Great Son, Jesus Christ, glory. It is in His precious name I pray.
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