Romans 12:2 "Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God."
The way you see your life shapes your life. How you define life determines your destiny. Your unspoken life metaphor influences your life more than you realize. For instance, if you think life is a party – your primary value in life will be having fun. If you see life as a race, you will value speed and be in a hurry all the time. If you view life as a marathon, you will value endurance. If you see life as a battle or a game, winning will be very important to you. To fulfill the purposes God made you for, you must replace it with the biblical metaphors of life.
2 Corinthians 5:1 "When this tent we live in – our body here on earth – is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home He Himself has made, which will last forever."
One day your heart will stop beating. That will be the end of your body and your time on earth, but it will not be the end of you. Your body is just a temporary residence for your spirit. The Bible calls your earthly body a “tent”, but refers to your future body as a “house” While life on earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: heaven or hell. Your relationship to God on earth will determine your relationship to Him in eternity. If you learn to love and trust God’s Son, Jesus, you will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with Him. On the other hand, if you reject His love, forgiveness and salvation, you will spend eternity apart from God forever. Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. You will spend far more time on the other side of death – in eternity – than you will here. You are made to last forever!
Psalm 139:15 (Msg) You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
You are not an accident. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, He expected it. Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you!
Isaiah 43:21 (NJB) The people I have shaped for myself will broadcast my praises.
You were shaped to serve God. God deliberately shaped and formed you to serve Him in a way that makes your ministry unique. He carefully mixed the DNA cocktail that created you. David praised God for this incredible personal attention to detail: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous”
Ephesians 1:11 (Msg) It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone.
You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ. God thought of you long before you ever thought about Him. You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies but you don’t get to choose your purpose. The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity.
Romans 8:29 "God knew what He was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of His Son…We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in Him."
You were created to become like Christ. From the very beginning, God’s plan has been to make you like His Son, Jesus. This is your destiny. God announced this intention at Creation: “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image and likeness.’” This is a great privilege and gives us dignity.
Hebrews 2:10 (NLT), "God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation."
You were formed for God’s family. God wants a family, and He created you to be a part of it. The entire Bible is the story of God building a family who will love Him, honour Him and reign with Him forever. God treasures relationships. The Trinity is God’s relationship to Himself. He didn’t need a family – He desired one.
Colossians 1:16 "For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, …. everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him."
The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose.
Habakkuk 2:2 “Then the LORD answered me and said: "Write the vision and make [it] plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.”
What is God’s vision for YOUR life? What are His purposes that He set before you? What is HIS idea of success for your life? Get in your prayer closet, seek His will, and then WRITE it down so that you can keep focused on it throughout your life. Keep the vision in front of YOU!
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
We often fear what we do not understand or what is unknown to us. Walking by faith and not by sight requires us to trust God, even in things that are yet unknown to us. Just as Peter had to trust his foot would not sink through the waters, we must take great strides in the plan of God for our life, even if the next step seems impossible! Our God is a God of the impossible!