It’s all very well using words like ‘purposeful and integrity,’ but how can they translate into daily living which is meaningful to both God and you?
Consider Paul’s brief benediction where he summarises the Lord to Timothy. He not only puts God’s character on display, but shows our responsibility. “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17). It’s for mankind to acknowledge the one true God for who He says He is. Likewise, it’s for believers to honour and glorify the Lord by making the required effort to live His character while being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing intensity (2Co 3:18).
Authenticity is everything
Authentic faith is easily recognised by others. Equally, it catches the Lord’s attention as His people become like Enoch, who “was commended as having pleased God“ (Hebrews 11:5). Realise that your character, speech, motives, and actions are to be surrendered to “God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Here you will find fulfillment, satisfaction, contentment, and assurance; when your daily purpose in life is to bring pleasure to the Almighty. This is what you were born for. This is why the Lord has brought your life to this point of understanding.
Listen to the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Church in Rome. “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6). You see, believers need each other in order to fulfill God’s intended purpose.
When Christians are in fellowship together, united in the Church body, Christ works in association with them for the Father’s glory. I encourage you to be an active, serving member in a local Bible teaching Church. Just as God is a God of endurance and encouragement, so He is purposeful in His design for you to be in Christ and to live and serve together in harmony with other Christians.
Tragedy is optional
However, the tragedy is if you understand these Bible truths yet choose to disbelieve. Don’t allow all the blessings of eternal life; of knowing and experiencing the Lord Jesus Christ to pass you by, which is a disaster of eternal proportion. Jesus’ invitation to you is as valid and powerful today as it has ever been. “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). “I (Jesus) have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Of course, this is only possible through a personal faith relationship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19 NIV). Don’t put off the most significant decision any human can make. Confess that Jesus died your death, paying your debt to God in full so that you can receive full forgiveness and acceptance by God. Today, I encourage you to live purposeful lives flavoured with God’s integrity for His pleasure and His glory.