Beloved, are there times when life seems so dull, so ordinary, so routine, so void of deep satisfaction...that you wonder if it's really worth it all, if there isn't more than "this"?
Or perhaps you're afraid that in the light of history's big picture, you're totally insignificant. Are there moments when you feel lost and so incredibly small as you consider the swirling events on this globe?
Have you ever wondered Will it really matter that I have lived or died? Or maybe life simply seems too short.
Or it might actually seem too long, considering the pain and limitations you find yourself enduring. Let me encourage you to lift your eyes on high! Think about Jesus-His life...His mission...His vision...His words.
John 12:27 says: "For this purpose I came."
Matthew 20:18 says: "We are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death."
John 17:19 says: "For their sakes I sanctify Myself."
And in John 17:4 we read: "I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do."
As you keep looking up — eyes lifted on high — now envision yourself in this picture. Being able to repeat the last of these verses as I've just listed them is all that will matter to you and me personally at the end of time, when we stand before our Creator...our Sustainer...our Father.
And yet, in order to say those words, in order to say with gratefulness and praise, I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given me to do, it's essential to know that our lives have a specific purpose.
We must know and understand "the hour" of our lives. To be able to say we have accomplished the work He gave us to do will require recognition of "when" our hour has come when it's time for doing whatever is needed.
We must know where we're going and realize that to get there requires steadfastness of purpose. If we're ever going to achieve our calling in life, it will require a "sanctification," a setting apart of ourselves and certain things in our lives.
To think that God would call you and me to such a significant purpose is awesome, isn't it? It's awesome, wonderful, and along with it is an inexpressible gratitude of heart!
As the reality of His plan and purpose is unfolded and displayed, I'm sure the words I used at the beginning will constantly come to your mind...
Dear friend, I want you to see and understand that your life has a purpose. The breadth of that purpose can be small or great; it matters not. The fact is, you are God's workmanship.
Whether you were born legitimate or illegitimate, whether you were raised in your natural family or as an adopted child, you can rest in the foundational truth that God formed you in your mother's womb. Moment by moment He breathes into you the breath of life so that you can live all the days He numbered before there was even one of them.
The Almighty God gifted you when He placed you into His body just as He desired. Read Ephesians chapter 1. You'll see again and again that YOU are His..."according to the kind intention of His will," "according to the riches of His grace," "according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him" (verses 5, 7, and 9).
Feel it or not, believe it or not, you are linked to the big eternal plan of God.
You have an inheritance. As a believer you are "predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will" (Ephesians 1:11).
The question is, Do you know that? Do you know that you have a place, an important purpose in God's plan, in the furthering of His kingdom? Do you understand — really understand — the value of your life?
Has the significance of these words of truth sobered your thoughts so that you think as God thinks in respect to yourself? Do you realize the place you have...the purpose for your existence...the influence you wield in the way you live and in the way you redeem the hours of your day and in the relationships you form and develop? Do you understand the value and impact of your words?
Or is it hard to believe this, considering the darkness that surrounds you and that surrounds us all? If so, remember that you and I are here to be the light of Jesus Christ in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. And where is light the most noticeable? In the darkness!
Oh, your life does have purpose, Beloved.
If you don't think so, it's because you've believed a lie instead of the truth. You have listened to the whispers of the evil one, whispers which often sound like your own thoughts. But they are not. They are not according to "the mind of Christ," which was given to you as a child of God. They are lies — destructive, insidious lies — lies from the father of lies; the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
Don't believe him. Bring every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. Cast down those imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, the truth of God.
You have been created by God and for God, and someday you will stand amazed at the simple yet profound ways He has used you even when you weren't aware of it.
Don't lose your sense of destiny! Make the decision now to be His man, His woman, in this hour.
This is His hour — and yours!
Host, Precepts For Life
Co-CEO, Precept Ministries International