TO FULFILL GOD’S PURPOSE
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if
that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12 KJV
The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” But
we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to
glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.
C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms
We are beloved children of God, created to be in such vital relationship with Him that we find fulfillment
in yielding to His purposes and joy in proclaiming His glory. To live with the assurance that our heavenly Father is personally involved in accomplishing His purpose of conforming us to the image of Christ gives us hope and peace. This perspective on life is not easily explained or understood, but it is God’s precious gift to those who deeply love and trust Him and want His purpose above all else.
My Purpose: To Fulfill God’s Purpose
1. Deuteronomy 4:9 reminds us, “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;” If we truly desire God’s purpose, what are some practical ways of “keeping our souls” so that His ways do not depart from our lives? Let’s study these verse and record the ways that will enable us “to keep our souls diligently.”
3:1 “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:”
“My law”, Hebrew “Torah” from the verb “to throw, distribute, or teach, hence “teachings”.It is used of God’s law but here, as in 2:1, it is used of the commands and principles that God gave through Solomon.
Do not yield to the temptation of looking at everything at once, as if everything would happen at
once, and all the events of the day be crowded into an hour. Do not thus forecast, but take each
thing as it comes to you, and look upon it as the present expression of the will of God concerning
you; then regard the rest in the same way, and thus receive your day piece by piece from Him
who will remember always when He gives you work to do, that you need strength to do it.
2. Jesus told His disciples, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 14:5). Abiding in – remaining in, holding fast,
continuing in – Christ is foundation to becoming a woman of purpose. What do these verses tell us about
how to abide?
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”
The first step in the progress toward true discipleship is belief in Jesus Christ as Messiah and Son of God.
“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed”: This reveals the second step in the progress toward true discipleship. Perseverance in obedience to Scripture is the fruit or evidence of genuine faith. (Eph. 2:10) The word “abide” means to habitually abide in Jesus’ words. A genuine believer holds fast, obeys and practices Jesus’ teaching. The one who continues in his teaching has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 9, Heb. 3:14, Rev. 2:26) Real disciples are both learners (the basic meaning of the word) and faithful followers.
Jesus says to them (Jews), if you believe, discipline yourself, and walk in my ways, you will truly be my followers. The only way any of us then, or now, can walk in God’s ways is to know what His will is for our life. The way to find out what that will is, is to read His Word (Bible).
The secret of life everlasting is in His Word. To be His disciple, we must make Him our Lord, as well as our Savior.
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
We read that obedience is better than sacrifice. Jesus was obedient unto the death of the cross. Jesus fulfilled the law. We must obey His law of love. Love God first and with all that is within you, and love your neighbor as yourself. 1 Samuel 15:22 “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.” If we do these few things, Jesus will be with us all the way. We can rest in His love with no fear of tomorrow. Our tomorrow will be in Him.
3. What are some practical ways you can consistently abide in Christ on a daily basis in order to begin to practice
those things that will nurture your soul?
There is only one relationship that matters and that is your personal relationship to a personal
Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all costs, and God will fulfill His
purpose through your life.
5. Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He instructed His disciples to continue His work on earth. What do these Scriptures tell us about an essential part of fulfilling His purpose?
18.And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
19.”Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” 20.”Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.”
“All power”: (11:27; John 3:35). Absolute sovereign authority – lordship over all – is handed to Christ, “in heaven and on earth.” This is clear proof of His deity. The time of His humiliation was at an end, and God had exalted Him above all (Phil. 2:9-11). “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you”: The kind of evangelism called for in this commission does not end with the conversion of the unbeliever. “I am with you”: There’s a touching echo of the beginning of Matthew’s gospel here. Emmanuel, which is translated “God with us” (1:23), remains “with” us “even to the end of the age” – i.e., until He returns bodily to judge the world and establish His earthly kingdom. The closing promise, though given to the apostles, is transmitted by every generation of believers (John 17:20). Christ’s promise of His presence, “I am with you always,” guarantees the success of the church’s mission because it is really His mission carried out by His called-out disciples.
The phrase “unto the end of the world” means until the end of the “age” (Greek aion). Therefore Christ’s empowerment of the church to evangelize the world is available in every age, even unto the end of the church age.
In comparing the Great Commission with Jesus’ promise to continually build His church (chapter 18), we must conclude that He intended His church always to be spiritually militant and evangelistically aggressive as we take His claims of lordship to the entire world of our generation. Jesus explained, here, that all power was given unto Him. The next statement is the Great Commission given to all who believe in Jesus and especially those called to minister. Jesus not only told us to teach, but what to teach and what to do when someone gets saved. The baptism of salvation is in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is in the name of Jesus alone. He not only said to teach what He taught, but He promised to be with us as we teach. He specifically said to teach the things He commanded us. He didn’t say to twist it around to fit our views. Just give them the pure Word of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is powerful unto salvation.