The Eternal Purpose
Life is filled with both blessings and difficulties... that's life right? What we need to realize is that, though lessons are learned through both, there's still more. If we are seeking God's will for our lives and desire it above our own, we are taken on an intricate obstacle course that leads us to our destiny. That being said, the destiny isn't the prime focus. On this path there's so much that needs to be done and realized. There's lives to touch, divine connections to be made, pain to feel, testimonies to accumulate and deeper depths of God's presence to experience.
We can get in such a rush to find our purpose that we often forget how precious each day really is. The trials and lessons we learn today are forming our tomorrow. It's so easy to get focused on both the good and painful parts of this life, that we forget that God has an eternal purpose for every experience. Where we live, who we meet, trials and blessings mold us into a vessel He can use for His glory. Even our past mistakes can be used to relate to those who are currently in the same mess. There's no scraps with God, nothing wasted.... no pain too great, no sickness too hopeless to heal, no sin too offensive for the blood of Jesus to cleanse and no problem so bad that He can't fix and use for His glory.
As I think about what God's doing in our lives right now, I'm so thankful. Though we have yet to see the fulfillment of His plan in moving us to Florida...a place we've always dreamt of living and actually a community that's greater than I've imagined, I realize that though our God loves us so much that He desires to bless His children, I also know how intentional His actions are...I know there's more to this than blessing us.... there's an eternal plan that He's strategically placing where His will can be fulfilled. Just as every trial we've faced has brought about growth and productivity for His Kingdom, so too will the blessing, if we don't allow it to steal our attention from our first love.
Live each day on purpose, with eyes wide open, looking for His will to be manifested in your life. Who does He desire for you to speak to today or bless? What divine connections is He leading you to? That new job...is there someone there He wants to bring to Jesus?
Take time to grow in the journey. Read His Word daily... you'll need it! Get to know your Bride Groom... not just about Him but passionately pursue Him... Yes, life is precious... don't waste another moment living it for yourself...
Jeremiah 10:23 (NLT) I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (TPT) Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you? You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary.You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood, so by all means, then, use your body to bring glory to God!
Ephesians 3:11-13 (NKJV) According to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.