What a fitting word for God to bring to me today, as just yesterday my friend D and I were talking about God's purposes for each of our lives, and His plans for our children.
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Two portions of Scripture come to mind when I hear the word Purpose:
To everything there is a season,
The first is a call to the goings on of the natural world, and how our lives intersect with the natural world in light of God's overall plan.
The second is a reminder that God is working His plan out in My life because of my submission to Christ as my Lord and Savior. God's plans for my good are not about meeting all my perceived needs and desires, but about my deep need to be refined and remade into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.
Too often as Christians we focus on verse 28 and forget verse 29 and the reason for His purposes. My life was redeemed from the pit. I think living in America, where even what is thought of as a "hard life" is pretty easy to conquer in relationship to how many other people in the world exist on a daily basis, we forget how needy we truly are before God. If we struggled to find fresh clean water for our children every day, instead of just turning on the tap, we might be inclined to think more about God's plans for our days and less about our plans for the day. Regardless of what struggles we face daily, are we seeking His purposes?
My life is not my own, it is Hidden in Christ, therefore Christ's purposes have become my purpose. In the Gospels we read Christ's words "I have come for this purpose" (John 12:27, Luke 4:43, Mark 1:38-39.) What was His purpose? To lay down His daily life to draw others to God, to give His life as a ransom for many.
So what is My purpose? To give my life as an offering to God, to serve my family by laying down my own desires, and to follow God wherever and however He leads me. Sometimes that is one of those "scary prayers" because I know from the past that God often refines me in ways I do not initially wish to go, and yet, looking back, I see that His plan was the perfect thing for me.
So whatever His purpose is for me, may I accept it and use it to point others to Christ!
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