Destiny of Greatness

November 18, 2016

Destiny of Greatness

Ephesians 1:3-10

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. 

The grace and calling of God toward us who have been called out of darkness and brought into the light of the kingdom of God is so phenomenal that it really staggers our natural thinking to comprehend it.  My guess is that even what we think we know and comprehend, even in the spirit, will be but a shadow in the light of the reality of that whichGod has for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  The Apostle Paul had a revelation of this calling and destiny that is ours in Christ Jesus.  What that revelation did for him was to bring him to the place that his life was totally sold out to Christ.  It was this philosophy and attitude that brought him to declare his mission statement in Philippians 3:7-12, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” 

Paul had grasped and laid hold of a calling to greatness that made everything else in the world as dung in comparison to it.  Some might have considered Paul just a religious fanatic, but for those of us who have studied his writings we know that he was man of intense focus and commitment to the One who had met him on the road to Damascus.  Paul had what we so desperately need more of, a heavenly vision and purpose.  When we grasp and live out of who we are in Christ then our life will take on a whole new meaning and purpose.  We will no longer live for the momentary pleasures of this life, but for the eternal and heavenly calling we have in Christ Jesus.   

What others would count as gain in this world we would count as rubbish when we see it in the light of our God and His greatness.  Most of us are selling ourselves short and we are settling for cornhusks when our heavenly Father wants to prepare for us the fatted calf.  The paradox of this calling is that the way up is often the way down.  While our spirit is ascending, the body is descending as we walk the way of Christ.   His life was one destined to the cross.  Every step in His life was taking Him there.  What Jesus knew and what  kept Him true and obedient to His course is that the death He would die would be so eclipsed by the life that would result that it was so worth the price.  If we don’t have a real revelation of our calling and destiny in Christ it will be hard for us to walk in the way of the cross.  Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”  The knowledge and revelation of who we are in Christ is paramount to our identification in who we now are.  We struggle so because we continue to identify with who we are in the world rather than who we are in Christ.  We are who we are and we are becoming what God has called us to be because of the purpose and calling of God upon our lives.  In all humility we need to embrace with all of our being this calling and destiny we have in Christ Jesus.  Paul prayed for the people of God in Ephesians 1 that they would comprehend this high calling we have in Christ Jesus.  He prayed, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

Let’s get in touch with the destiny of greatness that Christ has called us too and has made a way that we might be partakers of the divine nature.  Walk each day in the identification of who you are in Christ, not in this weak and perishable man.  It is not an arrogant thing to embrace what the Word has declared about you.  It is less than faith if we don’t.  You have a destiny of greatness, but you must believe and act upon who you are in Christ.  For it is now His life that we are to be living out of and not our own.   Embrace your destiny of greatness.

Blessings,

#kent

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