PURSUING OUR DIVINE PURPOSE

As a born again believer, we need to walk in the three priorities for which we were created.

1. Fellowship: as found in John 17, Jesus on his last night on earth, prayed that we would be one as He and the father are one. We need to be in relationship and unity with the Father as Jesus was in his earthly ministry. His glory makes us one and unifies us like nothing else can.
2. Work: Without meaningful labor your life has no purpose. Whatever your job, as a believer, you have a spiritual domain a garden to cultivate. We need to discern and then cultivate the garden that He has entrusted to us.
3. Rule and Dominion: There is such a thing as proper control and the right kind of authority. Balance is important, so that authority is not abused. Jesus had such authority that everyone He prayed for was healed. He walked on water and had visits from angels. This type of authority should be normal Christianity. We should expect these and greater things. We need to earnestly desire spiritual gifts and begin to operate in the supernatural.

If we are walking in the truth that God is in us, we should experience awe and wonder as we see the glory of the Lord arising.

LEARN TO WORK WITH OTHERS

God works with people, who know how to work with people, not “users” who burn through them and discard them. No those who manipulate them for their own purposes not “ranch bosses” who herd them around like cattle. No, God works with people who honor people: Who recognize and develop talent in them, honor and reward them appropriately, encourage them to rise to their full potential and when the day comes, send them off blessed and better prepared for their assignment.

It’s healthy to stop and reflect with gratitude on those who got you where you are today, to remind yourself you’re not a sole trader that you’ll need to help fulfill God’s purpose for your life and get you to where you need to go next. Paul dedicates an entire chapter to such people. Give my greeting to Priscilla and Aq’uila, my co-workers in the ministry. In fact they once risked their lives for me. I am thankful to them and so are all the Gentile churches. Greet my dear friend Epenetus. He was the first person from the province of Asia to become a follower of Christ. Give my greetings to Mary who has worked so hard for your benefit. Greet Andronicus and Ju’nia, my fellow Jews who were in prison with me, they are highly respected among the apostles and became followers of Christ before I did. Greet Amplias my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbane, our co-worker in Christ and my dear friend Stachys. Greet Apelles a good man whom Christ approves and all the believers who meet with them. (Romans 16:3-15 NLT)

Bottom line: open up, reach out, sharpen your people skills.

ETERNAL LIFE

And, behold a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Luke 10:25

In the Israel of Jesus’ day, a lawyer was one who devoted himself to the study of the Law of Moses. This lawyer meant to test Christ’s knowledge of the law, eternal life is man’s greatest interest. No more tremendous question could be asked than that of this verse.

In his reply the Lord immediately points to the bible as an infallible authority. In the lawyer’s answer, which incidentally was correct, is revealed a clear knowledge of God and of truth, which men in Israel possessed at that time, or at least could possess, if they desired. It was knowledge immeasurably advanced than other parts of the world.

Greece, with its pagan poets and philosophers claimed great knowledge; they had, however, no knowledge of the things that really counted. Sadly, the lawyer though he answered correctly did not evidence faith correctly because he was self- righteous. He was determined to win heaven by religious self-efforts.

Charles Spurgeon was criticized at a point in his ministry for not speaking enough about science. His answer to the accusation was revealing. When he took the pulpit on the Sunday morning in question, he laid his Bible on the podium and then said: “There is a woman in this audience who recently lost a child. To know where that child presently is, she cannot go to science, she must go to the Bible.” The great preacher was in essence saying that the answers that really matter are found only in the word of God. No person truly can be said to be educated no matter how many university degrees they might hold, unless they are properly educated in the word of God. Jesus said, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. In the Christian life, the daily study of the word of God must have first place. All other duties, must give way to it.

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