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What on earth am I here for?
Why did God make you a man or woman?
You are who God made you to be because he has a purpose and a plan for you, yes you!
Jeremiah 1:5 says ‘before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations’.
Jeremiah 29:11 also says ‘For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’
God’s plan and purpose for your life was determine from the very beginning of time - before you were even conceived in your mother’s womb!. Please take a moment and let that sink deep into your heart.
The apostle Paul also stated this truth with mind blowing details in Ephesians 1:3-7(NKJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
These, to me, sounds like God had everything about your life planned before you here! There was a plan, a purpose and destiny for your life before you were born but unfortunately the details of the process has been kept from us.
So we start life “on our own” and do what we think is is what we are meant to be doing until we somehow land into what God purposed for us ; where he begins to work all things together for good (see Gal. 1:13-17 and Rom. 8:28-30).
This means that God in his sovereign power uses everything we go through in life for his purpose and glory! God gave you your height, temperaments, gifts and talents for a reason - serve his purpose. your life here on earth fits perfectly in God's plan but we can only enjoy God’s purpose and plan for our lives if we accept Jesus as our lord and saviour because in Him all things hold together.
Remain blessed in the Lord Jesus.
Who am I?
When I was a teenager in secondary school I heard my science teacher made this statement in response to the class misbehaving: “he who knows naught and knows not he knows naught is a fool. But he who knows naught and knows he knows naught is a wise man, please, follow him.”
That statement made a deep impression on my young mind and it led me on a quest for knowledge. Many years after first hearing that statement I have come to believe that knowledge is power but self knowledge is both powerful and liberating!
At a tender age of 12 our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ knew who he was and that he must be about his Father’s business. John tells us in his gospel (10:30) that Jesus claimed equality with God the father - ‘I and My Father are one’. In fact, so profound was Jesus’ knowledge of himself that he sometimes warns people he had healed not to disclose his true identity!
I once heard a preacher say that Jesus was effective in his ministry because he spent his first 30 years in obscurity to prepare for a public ministry that only lasted for roughly 3 years.
I wonder what my life and yours would be if we invested the first 20 years to prepare for the rest of our lives! Needless to say we would approach our life’s mission with laser focus resolve and determination to accomplish our God-given assignments.
We were created in the image and moral likeness of God but that image was marred by Adam’s sin. God in his mercy sent he son Jesus to die on the cross in our place and for us so we can be reconciled with God through the regeneration of work of the Holy Spirit.
To know who you are, you must be born again. Confess your sins to God and let him forgive and cleanse you. Jesus told Nicodemus that except one is born again he can not see the kingdom of God.
Our true identity is found in Christ Jesus. for He said in John 15 without me you can do nothing!
To accomplish anything that will be of lasting value in this world - we must be reconciled with God through his son Jesus Christ. Remember he who knows naught and knows he knows naught is wise!
Discipline seems to be the forbidden word of our day! Some people loath discipline; others like the idea but don’t practice it. Some people just like to talk about it because they think it makes them look good in the eyes of others. Those who actually practice and enjoy the benefits of spiritual discipline are sometimes labelled ‘old fashion’ or ‘out of touch.’
Many, including christians today, have turned deaf ears to the cry of Job: “behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty” (Job 5:17, ESV).
Discipline in any shape or form has rich benefits that far outweigh present day superficiality of which Richard Foster, author of Celebration of discipline, writes:
Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.
Why are some christians abandoning the practice of spiritual discipline in favour of shallow, quick-fix life styles? Is it because they are being led to believe that discipline is only reserved for the super humans?
King Solomon said ”people who accepts discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray” (Proverbs 10:17; NLT).
According to Matthew 28:19-20, every christian is a disciple and we have all been commissioned by Jesus Christ to disciple nations. We are to “baptise them… and teach them to observe.”
In my opinion, teaching new believers how to meditate in the word of God; pray, fast, serve etc. is discipline! The key to overcoming most of the problems - adultery, fornication, gossip, backbiting, malice, greed etc. - that we have in churches today is to have disciples who are disciplined and therefore deep people!
The bible says “If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all” (Hebrews 12:8;NLT).
Who am I?
What on earth am I here for?
Where am I going in life?
Is there life after death?
These are important life transforming questions because they are questions about identity, (the fact being who or what a person or a thing is, the characteristics of a person or a thing)
purpose ( original intent - the reason for which something is done or created or the reason for which something exist)
destiny (Destiny - the events that will necessarily happen to a person or thing in the future)
eternity (is a destination: theology: endless time)
We all need to be certain of these four things in our lives because the bible says in Proverbs 29: 18 (NKJV) "Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law."
Knowing who you are: your strengths and weaknesses , will help you discover you purpose and then you can make informed choices that will influence your destiny. You can't start with your self Because you were custom made by God to fulfil a purpose. Jesus said io his disciples " without me you cannot do anything!
“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all." (Acts 4:32, 33 NKJV).
This passage always touches my heart. To me, it pictures what every bible-believing, spirit-filled church should look and feel like. But sadly, this is not what we are seeing in the 21st Centry. The more churches grow and multiply the more we divide along theological, ethnic and socio-cultural boundaries. Jesus prayed in John 17 that "they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."
Unity (not uniformity) in our churches will, without question, convince the (unsaved) world that God, indeed, sent His son into our world to save it. Wouldn't it be great for the communities we serve to testify that we "have all things in common" because there is none who lack among us? Please pause, think and do something about it. Thank you.