Purpose and Promise
We tend to think of God’s purpose for us as some grand thing; full of majesty, awe, and splendor. We make Him out to be some supernatural being, as opposed to a Father Who is constantly with us and Who is interpersonal with us through His Spirit which lives in us.
This is a real thing, full of splendor and majesty, yes. Not in the way that we tend to make it out to be though. We set our Father at a distance and even praise Him as some wondrous being in the sky, when in reality He is a wondrous being Who lives with us, in us, and through us.
We make His calling for our lives appear as though it is something you would see in a movie or even in a dream, but the truth is that His calling for all of us is the same today as it was since Christ Jesus spoke the words, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind,” urging us to be obedient and devoted to Him, but saying also to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
Yes we each have spiritual gifts, some different than others, but we all have the same Spirit! To say that you are called to this, and I am called to that are in truth words of an unlearned child; we are all called to the same love, and we are all under the very same command to live by it!
Now will some have different roles than others? Absolutely! You may be led by the Spirit to go on missions, and your neighbor may simply be led to clean the church building, but we are all of the same greater calling! We have the same duty, the same faith, the same inheritance, the same command, the same nature, and the same faith because we are of the same Spirit.
We want to say things like, “I don’t feel that I am called to this, or to that.. so we should not share the same yoke.” but in the end, the truth is that the Spirit will never hinder us, nor Himself! If you’re urged in a direction He will work things out for you so that you do not have to suffer on account of where He is leading you. In other words, He will never divide you, because He will never divide Himself! Have we forgotten that a house divided against itself cannot stand? God never contradicts Himself, and never goes against Himself, nor against any part or role of the Godhead.
My point? We all have purpose in the Lord. We all have a calling, and a faith. That calling, and that faith, though it may appear different, will never cause strife nor division because it comes from the same Spirit.
Our Father loves us, and He will sometimes ask things of us that may seem uncomfortable, but He will never lead us into pain; rather He pulls us through it. Your calling is not a calling that separates you from what you love, your calling is love! That very same calling belongs to each of us, and we are bound it because we are bound to Him, “created after the image of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
That purpose is not, however, without promise! Our Father is a loving Father, full of grace and mercy, Who wants us to experience joy and peace! He will not tell us to do anything that will hurt us! Yeah, I said that! God will not lead you into heartbreak! Nowhere in His Word does it say that! It does say that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (PSALM 147:3) and that, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (PSALM 34:18) Christ Jesus Himself even said the words, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (JOHN 14:27) He came to help us, not to hinder us and certainly not to hurt us! “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (MATTHEW 11:28-30)
The promises that He gives us are, in all intent and purpose, to prosper us! He told us this, and He gave us a certainty of it because He said, “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (JOHN 14:13) His promises never change, because He never changes; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (HEBREWS 13:8) We have a very real certainty in our Father’s promises to us, one that should be more real to us than anything else in this world because the newness of life that He has brought us into has pulled us away from the limitations of this world, and placed us in Him Who is greater than the world!
God has never intended to cause us harm, but has made sure that we are inheritors with Christ! We are heirs to the kingdom of God, and all of the riches of His mercy are ours! He is not a selfish Father, Who will not provide His children with what they need and take away what they love! Granted He did say that “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (JOB 1:21) a scripture that we so often use when things go wrong, but have so little understanding of. Job certainly lost everything, but that was Job not you. Don’t take away from the Lord’s mercy by assuming that He would let anything like that happen to you! Read the book of Job, learn it, and understand the context of the thing before you go speaking that sort of negativity into your life! Your Father does not promise your ruin if you are His child, He promises you success and prosperity; read JOSHUA 1:8.
Furthermore, He very plainly tells us “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.‘” (JEREMIAH 29:11)
Why do we feel that it is necessary to paint a picture of our Father that is cold, resentful, and selfish? He is none of those things!
Perhaps it is because the flesh, or the human mind if you will, finds it easier to justify being angry with God when He causes things to go wrong? Maybe it is because we need an excuse to make decisions that other would make no sense? It is certainly a mix of the two, in one form or another, and ignorance among many other things!
The purpose of Christ’s sacrifice was to free us from the pain, heartbreak, foolishness, sin, and ways of the world! It was not to open us up to them! He told us that “if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.“ (JOHN 8:36) and that He came to “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (JOHN 6:38) which according to what He told us through Jeremiah was to prosper us and not to harm us! This is a truth that is given to us in prophecy in ISAIAH, which Christ reaffirms by His actions, saying that “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” (ISAIAH 61:1-3)
Now Christ became flesh fulfill one major thing, though He fulfilled many things, and that was to set us free from what we were so lost in! Never was His purpose to harm us, never will it be!
We have to stop listening to nonsense that preaches that negative message, one that is not of God but of men, because God is love! He is love, and love “is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
(1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8) and love certainly “does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (ROMANS 13:10)
God’s love is a force that brings us together, it will never tear us apart! He said this, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (COLOSSIANS 3:12-14) that above all of those virtues that He tells us to put on, we should most assuredly put on love because it binds ALL of them together in perfect unity! He actually tells us that His love is the opposite of divisive!
Why then, after telling us all of this, would He go back on that promise and give us anything less than the fullness of His love and promises? He is God, He can certainly do whatever He wants but blessed be His name He wants to prosper us and not harm us! He said that if we “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (PSALM 37:4) A very powerful verse that shows us He wants us to delight in Him, and He will bless us when we do! Read this in context with JOSHUA 1:8 and 1 JOHN 2:3, and suddenly a picture begins to form; “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (JOSHUA 1:8) “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (PSALM 37:4) “And we can be sure that we know Him if we obey His commandments.” (1 JOHN 2:3)
Our Father is a loving Father, Who has given us a new life; life that is full of purpose and promise! Should we each expect a Lamborghini and a four-million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills? By no means! The prosperity that He offers us is spiritual, and that which is physical is always bound in love!
You would do well to never underestimate the freedom that you have to choose! He has opened up doors for you so that you can prosper no matter what you choose, as long as He is at the head of your life in it! You would also do well to never underestimate the power and the purpose of being content! If you push your boundaries, it is very likely that you will lose something that could have been great for you, out of an unwillingness to fight for it! That loss is on us, not on God! He does not cause it, we do!
So beloved, I urge you to seek your Father! Listen to the urging of Holy Spirit, and don’t let your own opinions of His Word affect the truth of the Word of God in your life! He said that you will “prosper and succeed in all that you do,” in anything that you choose so long as you obey Him!
He craves an interpersonal relationship with you! He wants to prosper you, and to help you succeed! Don’t push away the blessings of God because you feel that you do not get to choose; Christ came so that you would be free to choose anything you want, again so long as you are obedient, He didn’t just say that (JOSHUA 1:8) to hear Himself speak!
Give Him your time, effort, and love! Seek Him, and obey Him! Stop letting your own opinions build a truth that is not directly in line with His truth; that is a false truth that will not stand! It will fall, and we end up hurt and wondering why everything is going wrong!
I urge you to pray, to seek Him and learn to understand Him! Grow closer to Him, because He is your Father and He loves you dearly! He has freed you, so that you may choose and has promised you only the greatest of things! The purpose that He has for each of us is love! It really is that simple! We are all called to the same love, the same faith, the same mind! Don’t forget that, and don’t let ignorant and selfish teachings, your own opinions, or anything else cause the Word of God to be of no effect in your life!
Live in love! Obey those commands! He made it simple! His commands are to love Him wholly, and to love others, and then He said that this is how we know that we know Him, “we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.” If we love Him, we will obey Him, and if we are obeying Him then we love Him! That is it!! Don’t complicate it! Don’t let yourself rid yourself of what God will gladly give you because of unlearned opinions and lack of understanding! Instead, do those two things, in everything that you do and you will begin to see the course of your life alter in a way that you cannot imagine, one in which you are free to choose what you want because He has promised you that He will give it to you! Remain obedient to Him, always, and He will! He will!
I pray that this blesses you, and that you come to a greater understanding of what God really wants for you! God bless you all!