God Has Purposes For Our Lives
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
British Family Bible:
For all that we are and have is his: we are his workmanship, created not only in Adam to a natural life, but in Christ all manner of good works, which God hath, in his eternal counsel, prepared and fore-ordained for us to walk in.
The Apostle means, that it was the design of God by the Gospel to prepare and enable men to live that life of purity and virtue, which will qualify them for life eternal.
As none can do good works, but they who are created in Christ Jesus; so, to manifest ourselves to be created in Him, it is absolutely necessary that we do all the good works we can in our several vocations and callings; and that they who do so are the most happy persons upon earth; whatsoever their calling and condition may be, and whatsoever other persons may say or think of them. For they do the will of God upon earth, as it is done in heaven: they shine as lights in the world; they have the honour to honour God and to be honoured by Him, 1Sa 2:30. They have the pleasure of pleasing Him that governs the whole world; who therefore takes them into his own particular care and protection; makes their enemies to be at peace with them, Pr 16:7; supplies them with all things both for life and godliness; directs and prospers them in all their undertakings; makes all things work together for their good while they live, and then saith to every one of them, Well done, good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of the Lord.
Devotional material is taken from Today With The King, written by Robert A. Cook. Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved. Used with written permission.
1 Thessalonians 5:23: The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and... your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read also verses 1 thru 28.
If you had to sum up in a few words God*s purpose for your life, what would you say? Obviously, His plan is not simply to get you to heaven. If it were, He could have easily translated you as soon as you were born again. No, He leaves you here for a purpose. And what is that purpose? That your whole being--your spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical life--be preserved blameless till our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
The word sanctify means *set apart for God*s use.* IF God has all of you, you won*t have any regrets. Indeed, the only time you*ll have regrets is when you decide to use your life yourself, when you insist on doing things your way. But if God has you to use as He sees fit--the use of your spirit to worship Him, the use of your emotions to enjoy Him and to sense His nearness, the use of your body to implement His will towards others--He will preserve you blameless as you await Christ*s promised return.
Small thought here. How does God preserve us? He makes us awake (v. 6). He makes us aware (vv. 4-5). He arms us against the enemy (v. 8). Awake, aware, and properly armed. That*s how God proposes to work out His purpose in your life.