October 15, 2018

By Paul J. Banta

Psalms 139:1-6 says, God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.  I’m an open book to You; even from a distance, You know what I’m thinking.  You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of Your sight.  You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence.  I look behind me and You’re there, then up ahead and You’re there, too— Your reassuring presence, coming and going.  This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!” – NLT

God has designed your chosen purpose in life.  It is not negotiable, and if you prefer another path, it’s because you and not God helping you make that decision.  You’re to be cautioned about making decisions on your own that impact so many others.  Naturally, you’re not as smart as God, and you did not design your life before your first breath.  God did this and let’s make this fact very clear.  He wants the very best for you, and sometimes we don’t choose the very best path for ourselves.  It is like calling water wet – there is no changing that fact, and there’s no disguising the fact that God has purposes for your life.  While you may not always fulfill the purpose for which you were made, you still have a mission that God intends for you to achieve and you need to get on with it and stop trying to do another design that you decided.  He created a well thought out plan for you it’s your blueprint from God.  In the same way that He had a specific purpose in mind for Jesus when He sent His Son to the earth, He had particular goals in mind for your life.

This doesn’t mean that there is one highly specific niche for you to fill and that if you miss it, too bad.  I believe that you can achieve your purposes in many different and creative ways.  God wants to give us a ministry to focus on and other opportunities that our time, talents and treasures can support others.  You won’t throw your entire life off course by choosing the wrong college, car, job or friends.  God is much bigger than any miscalculation or disobedience on your part.  Psalms 138:8 says, “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.”  Isn’t that comforting to know?

Defining your purpose will help you to determine the activities that you should be involved.  Like Jesus, you should not engage yourself in activities that contradict God’s goals for your existence.  Jesus’ Purpose was to do the will of the Father and become the salvation for all of humanity.

Each of us in this game and the Game of Life must ask why we are involved and for what purpose?   Is it a God’s purpose and His passion for us to do good works as we pass through this earthly life?  Remember, Jesus only did something if He saw the Father doing it or asked by His Father to complete, like dying for our sins and give us eternal life.  He was able to see what His Father was doing because of His intimate relationship with Him.  Are you prepared to practice ‘Fulfilling Your Purposes,’ which can only come out of having that close, daily relationship with our Savior, and by never backing down from our opponent the devil?

What’s your next move?