Building Blocks of Fulfilling God’s Purpose

2 Timothy 1:8-10

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel

              Back in the times of the gold rush there were a few men that discovered gold just lying on the surface of the ground or in the water.  Word spread that you could become rich and all that you had to do was just pick it up.  It was just there for the taking.  Men would come from far and wide with the idea of getting rich quick.  They would leave behind all that had been important to them before to come and pursue the gold.  They caught a vision and they believed in a dream.  Some did find the riches that they sought, some met with limited success and many found nothing at all. 

              When God revealed Himself in His Son Jesus Christ and manifested the riches of His glory in human flesh.  Men saw the gold of God revealed.   God had given nuggets and revelations of His gold throughout the ages that led up to Christ, but now His gold is revealed as He fully unveils His purpose of salvation through faith in His Son.  Suddenly it begins to become apparent that we can become partakers of the riches of an inheritance in Christ Jesus.  Jesus, and His disciples that followed, laid out the way and the plan for us to become rich.  We have the treasure map of those riches laid out for us in the Word of God.  Many embraced Christ thinking that it was the quick way to having all their needs met and realizing heaven on earth.  Many have become disillusioned because Christianity wasn’t the quick fix to all their problems, wants and needs.  While the Lord has revealed some nuggets and gold on the surface and has given us the earnest of our inheritances and riches through the Holy Spirit, the greatest treasure realized is through a lifetime of mining into the vein of God’s nature and purpose. 

              Some of us may have thought that in a few short years we were going to walk into the fullness of Christ and do all that He did.  It is not to say that God can’t and won’t do that through some people, but time isn’t as important an element to God as it is to us.  What most of us come to find is that the nuggets of God’s truth and purpose need to mined and sought after one day at a time.

              A purpose is made up of a reason and goal in mind.  God’s purpose is to apprehend us for His family and for His glory.  Our purpose is to apprehend Him that we might lay hold of a transformed life and be partakers of His divine nature.  Our purpose and goal are met through a lifetime of building blocks; each day is a process and a development into God’s purpose.  Sometimes we may feel there is more tearing down going on in our lives than building up, but sometimes for God’s purposes to be realized the old must be done away with so that the new can take its place. 

              The important thing about purpose is to never loose the vision of what your purpose is.  Ephesians 1: 3-14 is one passage the lays out for us God’s purpose. “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.

Blessings,

#kent

Matthew 18:16-22
Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17″Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
18″Which ones?” the man inquired.
Jesus replied, ” ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.'”
20″All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Be Willing to let the Former Things Go


Many of us are seeking God for a greater revelation, a deeper experience, closer relationship and greater power in our lives.  We are much like this rich young ruler.  We may well have found the eternal life, but we are looking for how we can come into that next level of relationship and intimacy with the Lord.  For many of us, we are not so different than this rich young man is.  Like him, we love God and we have followed after righteousness, but how do we press into the Most Holy Place.  We have the basics, but we are hungry for more.
What I hear the Lord speaking is that often the riches we think we have are our greatest detriment to going further in our walk with Christ.  We have done all that we know to do and we are asking the Lord, “What do I still lack?”
What Jesus tells the young man is this, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  Now some of you are thinking, “that is not my problem, I don’t have a lot of possessions.  More accurately for all of us, Jesus could be saying, “ If you want to be perfect, be willing to let go of the affections and the things that possess your heart.”  Many of us are missing out today because we are unwilling to let go of what is in our hand so that we can take the hand of Jesus to lift us to higher ground.  Some of the things we count as important and our riches are actually our detriment and deterrent from experiencing a richer deeper life in the Spirit.  For some of us it is material things, for others it is old paradigms and ways of thinking, for others it is fear and unbelief and for others it is wrong affections or relationships.  There are many things that we may be unwilling to let go of today, but like the rich young man we have a choice.  We can go away mad or we can get glad.  The choice is ours to make.  Often we have to be willing to let go of the former things if we want to press on to experience the greater things in Christ Jesus.

Blessings,
kent

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