Why dwell on the believer’s recognising and maximising of destiny-defining moments in order to succeed at living life on purpose? That each may enter into his blessing and be poised to bless others, as purposed in God’s promise to Abraham Gen.1:12. We are that nation of kings and priests who have received, by divine power, ‘exceedingly great and promises’. In us abound ’things that pertain to life and Godliness’, things such as faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance and love, by which we make ‘our election sure’, and are granted entrance into the Kingdom of God 2Pet.1:3-11.
We who were called out of darkness into God’s marvellous light are now His special people, ‘the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified’. Our work is to rebuild old ruins, repair ruined cities, for we serve the God who gives ‘beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning’ Is.61:3-4. We obtained mercy and became a royal priesthood that we may proclaim the praises of our God 1Pet.2:9-10; that all may know that He is good.
Every adopted child of God, joint-heir with Jesus, has rights and responsibilities. Your inalienable right is the inheritance, your portion of God’s Kingdom; your responsibility is to do the work of reconciling men to the Father, that all the families of the earth be blessed. By divine revelation, the operation of the breath of God on His word, you found yourself, the precise work you were called to do. As you succeed at it you give glory to God, your life reflects His goodness, and draws men to your God. You are His witness, testifying that He alone is God.
The chosen will, by faith cause the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk. The gifts we were endowed with are not for us alone. To be ‘good stewards of the manifold grace of God’, let each do purpose with the ability God supplies. As we see problems that defy solution and situations that are not in tandem with God’s will for creation, let us boldly draw on ‘the power that works in us’ Eph.3:20 to salt the earth and light the world.
Your ministry of reconciliation is embedded in every work you do: in the office as CEO or janitor; in the market as a buyer or seller of goods; in the marketplace as an industrialist, entrepreneur or service provider. The writer of Hebrews prayed that God ‘make you complete in every good work to do His will’ Heb.13:20-21. The will which gives God pleasure is this: ‘that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ… ‘. In Christ every man predestined to do so will obtain an inheritance Eph.1:9-11. Do not enjoy the benefits of God’s Kingdom alone; a good thing is meant to be shared.
Like Paul who trained as a lawyer, worked as a tentmaker, but was chosen to minister to God’s people, you are chosen to ‘know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth’, that you may be ‘His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard’ Acts.22:14-15. This is how you show love to your neighbours.