What is God's Plan for My Life?
It's an age-old question. "What is the purpose of life?" Or, maybe you've seen it worded as, "Does my life have any meaning?"
To those, we can add: "Why are we here? Where are we going? How do we get there? Does it all really matter, anyway?"
The truth is, God's Word gives us the answers to all of these important questions. And, when we know the answers, every aspect of our life takes on a new, more hopeful perspective.
Some people think that the Bible is just a rule book for living. True, it does give ample examples and instructions on how the Creator designed us best to live--but, it is so much more than that!
The Bible is God's story of how He created humans to be in a relationship with Him, how man fell into temptation and sin causing that relationship to be broken, and how God provided a way for us to be saved and our relationship with Him to be restored.
A perfect, holy God cannot be in the presence of sin, so He provided His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to be the ultimate Lamb Sacrifice who paid for that sin. When we place our faith in Him alone to save us, His blood cleanses us and purifies us so we can then approach God again and be with Him forever. (See 1 John 1:7 and Hebrews 4:15-16.)
Let's look more closely at just what God's plan is for our lives:
God's ultimate purpose for us is to save us by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy a restored relationship with Him now and for eternity. He does this because He loves us, and He wants us to love Him in return. Without His mercy, love, and grace, we would have no hope for this life or the next.
All He asks is that we repent (turn from our old sinful desires and turn to God) and trust in Jesus Christ's perfect, finished work on the cross to save us rather than trusting our own efforts to try to merit God's favor.
Once we are saved, He gives us His Holy Spirit which empowers us to live according to His will. This process of sanctification is His way of helping us to become more like Jesus (and less like our old sinful selves). It is a process that continues until He brings us home with Him eternally and perfects us once and for all.
The Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out so that we long to live for Him more than for ourselves. As we grow in faith, He gives us the grace to glorify Him in our thoughts, words, and actions.
When we know why we are here, where we are going, and how we get there, our lives have purpose and meaning. We can face each day with an eternal perspective focused on God's glory and His will. Earthly cares and concerns no longer hold the power they once did, because we know this life is temporary. Only what is done by and for God will last forever.
Of course, this spiritual growth is a life-long process, and we will fail many times along the way. But, knowing He is with us, empowering us, and loving us makes all the difference. It's what makes life make sense. It's what gives us a reason to get out of bed each day and live for and in Him, even when life is hard.
So, what is God’s plan for my life and yours? To save us, to sanctify us, and to love us and enjoy a restored relationship with Him now and forever. This gives Him glory and gives our lives significant meaning.
What could be a better purpose for living than to love and be loved by the One Who created us for Himself?
I hope this has been encouraging to you, and if you have any questions about how to receive God's grace and His free gift of salvation, please let me know!
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