Purpose of Your Life
And what ‘this’ is Paul
referring to? It is referring to Gods
redemptive plan, first, for our salvation, to save us from eternal separation
from God, and second, for our advancement to spiritual maturity. For that is where your life becomes complete.
2 Thess. 1:12
12 in order that the
name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and
you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. NASB
This is the plan of
God. That all would be saved, or at
least have the opportunity to be saved.
People can certainly choose against it.
And so that we can all grow up to spiritual maturity. That too, is an optional opportunity. And again, certainly folks can choose against
growing up as well.
But the best thing for
your life, is to believe in Christ, and for those who
have not already done that, then you simply say in your heart, ‘Father, I believe
in Jesus Christ.’ Salvation is that
Once you have believed
in Christ then you cannot un-believe, that which you
have already believed. You cannot cancel out a thought which you have already
had, and go back to before you ever had that thought. So once saved always saved. Even if later in life, for whatever reason, you
come to deny Christ, or simply want to wipe Him out of your life. You cannot.
God foresaw you in
eternity past. God foresaw your entire
life. He saw your thoughts and words and
decisions, and He saw your belief in Christ.
For this reason He loved those who believe truth and not lies. He saw, He loved, He chose, He called, and He
transformed all who have believed, or will believe, in Christ, into a new spiritual
You are no longer tied
to the traps of this world, no longer bound by the eventual destruction,
that unbelievers and this world will eventually see.
1 John 3:1
3 See how great a love
the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and
such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not
know Him. NASB
whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His
Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; NASB
42 So also is the
resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable
21 who will transform
the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the
exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. NASB
And there is nothing
and no one who can prevent Gods plan from advancing to its ultimate completion.
2 “I know that
Thou canst do all things, And that no purpose of Thine
can be thwarted. NASB
35 Who shall separate
us from the love of Christ? NASB
I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor
depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love
of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NASB
God has a plan for your
life. His plan is far superior than any plan that you can even begin to imagine for
yourself. God is better able to complete
His plan for you, than you are for yourself.
And all you have to do
in order to possess His plan for your life, is to study, listen, learn,
understand, apply His principles to your daily life, adopt his principles for
your daily life, and continue to do that everyday of
your life, and in so doing, God will advance you in your spiritual life toward
your ultimate completion as a person.
Only in doctrine, only
in learning doctrine, is there any hope and any
advance in your spiritual life. All of
the singing, all of the devotionals, all of the fancy spiritual cliché words (hallelujah,
praise God, amen) and so forth, used to impress men, will not accomplish what
you need in order to grow up.
Can you graduate from
school by not reading and writing and doing your school work? Can you graduate by merely feeling good about
being there? No. And so it is with your spiritual life. Sooner or later you need to get off the
devotional feel good train, and get on to the study and learn train. And then, your life will turn around, when you
have doctrine of substance within your soul.
Wisdom comes from
understanding, understanding comes from using, using comes from learning, and
learning comes from studying with discipline and obedience to your daily
doctrinal obligation to grow up in your spiritual life. Studying requires a word by word, line by
line, precept by precept, approach to the Word of God.
When you advance in
your spiritual life, then your emotions will allow you to appreciate the
tremendous blessings that God has provided for you. It is better to actually experience those
feelings, than to pretend them.