Have you ever wondered about your purpose in life? Eventually, we all face this question. When life gets routine and when we start to lose motivation, passion, direction or clarity about the future, we start to think about the purpose of our life. We are not an accidental existence in this world to live without purpose. God has wonderful plans and purpose for our life including our past, present and future. It doesn’t have to be a mystery. Apostle Paul tells us about this plan in the book of Ephesians. Let us read more to find out the purpose in our life.
God’s plan and purpose for our past & future:
2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. – Ephesians 2:1-9
Before looking at the the plan and purpose for our present, it would be beneficial to understand the plan of God for our past and future and how it is unfolded in our life. We can appreciate all that God has done and get confidence about our present life. Think about our condition before we trusted Jesus and became a new person, We were living under a bondage to sin. We were spiritually dead disconnected from God. We walked by our fallen rebellious nature against God. Sin was the master and we were just obeying to fulfill the pleasures of our body and mind and we had no spiritual life to make us come out of this old state.
Even though we were walking against God, he loved us so much that he gave his only son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice in our place that whoever believes in him will be made alive. we are not under the bondage of sin. We have the power to overcome and live to glorify God. God’s plan is to save us from eternal death through his son Jesus. He made us a new creation and gave us all the blessings in the spiritual realm to glorify God. From eternal death, he changed our destination to eternal life and we started our journey towards heaven.
It is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus we are saved. We cannot earn our salvation. We were spiritually dead and the power of God which resurrected Jesus can make us alive. We are not worthy but it is the gracious gift of God. We don’t have anything to be proud in getting saved. This makes us humble in our walk with Christ and live for his glory. In his plan, he has given us all the blessings as inheritance through Christ and his plan unfolds in our life to give glory to God.
God’s plan and purpose for our present:
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
Scripture says we are God’s workmanship. He is working on us like an artist working on an art or like a poet writing a poem. Just as the art or the poem written for a purpose, we are given this newness of life for a purpose. It is to do good works. These good works are fruits and evidences of our salvation rather than the source of our salvation. We realize that good works cannot save us but fail to realize the significance of good works after being saved. James said faith without works is dead (James 2:26). If we are saved and became born again, we are created for doing good works for his glory. This is the purpose for our present life.
What are these good works? Many times, we define good works with limited application only to few areas in life. Think about this, God has created us for doing good works as the very purpose of the new life, but we defined good works as an optional things to do in life. Doesn’t it call for more? Spurgeon summarizes good works as, works of obedience to the word of God, works of love, works of faith and acts of common life. It is intrinsically woven in to all aspects of our life and these good works needs to be core of the renewed life.
How can we do these good works? God in his infinite wisdom already prepared these good works for us to walk in them. Whatever role we are playing in our life, God has already prepared the good works for us to do. Be it be in your personal or professional life, we are called to do these good works. Many can try do good works but those are not for the glory of God. The motive for these good works must be or the glory of God rather than self. What do you consider doing good in your life? Do they glorify God?
It is not our own works but it is God working through us. God can work through us when we are connected to him just as a branch connected to tree and produces fruits. We can try to manufacture good works on our own but it will not be glorifying God. Jesus said he is the vine and we are the branches and we can bear much fruit for his glory when we are connected to him (John 15:5, Matthew 5:16). Word of God is given to equip us in every good work (2 Tim 3:17). Everyday, when we read bible and pray to God(Praying for clarity) and ask for clarity, his holy spirit will give us the wisdom to walk in good works to fulfill the purpose of our life.
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