Eternity In Our Hearts
The human heart and spirit have a deep hunger for meaning and purpose. I believe this arises from the echoes of eternity which reside deep within every human being. These echoes of eternity reside within us because we are all created in God’s image. In Colossians 1:16, we read these words about Jesus:
in Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominion or rulers or authorities, all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Eugene Peterson paraphrases the last part of this verse, with these words: “Everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.”
In Ephesians 1:11, we read these words: In Him we were also chosen having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.
Rick Warren says that this verse gives us 3 insights regarding our purpose in life:
1. We discover our (truest) identity through a relationship
with Jesus Christ.
2. God was thinking of us long before we ever thought about
3. The purpose of our life fits into a much larger, cosmic pur-
pose that God has designed for eternity.
These biblical truths and insights place our lives in a context of great meaning and importance. We matter greatly to the God of the universe . He has a great deal at stake in each of our lives. In Ephesians 2:10, we read these words: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Created To Be A Masterpiece
Do you know that God wants to make you a work of art? He wants to work in you so He can work through you and display His glory. God can make anyone who is willing to trust Him completely into an original masterpiece.
Jesus called a bunch of fishermen and a tax collector (Mark 3:16-18) to be His first disciples. These were ordinary men who eventually were used by the Lord in extraordinary ways. These men responded to the call of of the Gospel and allowed God’s Word to work deeply in their lives (1Thess. 2:13).
As we read God’s Word, understand it , and put it into practice, the Word goes to work in our lives. It cleanses us, nourishes us and transforms us. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart “(Heb. 4:12). Let us offer our lives as an open canvas to the Master Craftsman so that can make something beautiful.
QOTD: Are you experiencing a God-wrought meaning and purpose in your life?