I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what my purpose is. Why did God create me? So I started studying it out. I wanted to discover that my purpose is to achieve some kind of great accomplishment. And maybe that is true.
But maybe my deepest purpose isn’t to accomplish a great work.
Maybe it’s for a great work to be accomplished in me.
As I said in my last blog, the reason we were CREATED was to be holy and righteous. (Eph 4:24)
Through Christ we are enabled to fulfill this destiny: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ.” Eph 1:4-5
But the creation isn’t finished. Yes, there in no condemnation for those in Christ, yes, Jesus gives us his righteousness, but God’s also at work in us, molding and chiseling us into what His dream is for us to be.
- “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.“
- Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Eph 3:20
- God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. Heb. 12:10
- He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2
Romans 8:29 says, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” The Greek word here for “conformed” is “symmorphos” which means to change to become like something. God is transforming us to become like his son.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. II Cor 3:18
The process of my transformation is epic. With God as the craftsman, it is a meticulous beautiful process.
I see it as chaotic and painful. Things go wrong. I have health challenges. I have mood challenges.
BUT– “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” II Cor 4:17
Every day, I am being transformed. WITH GOD, I am working out, fulfilling, my purpose. I am being pruned. I am being refined. I am being shaped into something multifaceted and wonderful.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart. Luke 6:45
Jesus was concerned, first and foremost, with the inside. He told the Pharisees to first clean the inside of the cup, and then the outside of the cup would be clean. The most important thing in life is to work on your heart.
So if there are any worthy accomplishments I hope to achieve, they can only come from a heart that God has transformed. This must be my focus — to trust and submit, and embrace my greatest purpose.
Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’? Is 45:9
God wanted his people throughout the world to know the glorious riches of this mystery-which is Christ living in you, giving you the hope of glory Col 1:27