Purposefully Graced

Why am I here? What is the meaning of my life? Countless people through the ages have asked this question. Everyone desires to be relevant, for their time on earth to have some significance.

2 Timothy 1:9 “…who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began..”

Before the first tick of the clock, before the first bird soared in the heavens, before the first lion roared across the savannah, before the first buttercup sprang up at the onset of spring, before the first horse thundered across the plains or the stars light up the night sky….God had a purpose. This purpose was set squarely on the shoulders of His son;the foundation of His eternal plan rested upon the Suffering Servant. This plan was bigger than mankind could ever perceive, more in depth than any theologian dares to dig, more significant than the church realizes.

What was his purpose you may ask? “To bring many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10) Ephesians 1:11 adds to that by saying “ IN Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works out all things according to the counsel of his will. So that, we who were the first to hope in Christ may be the praise of his glory.”

His purpose is straight forward…. to bring about salvation to humanity and for those who are, to glorify his name.

For the second part of that purpose to be brought to fruition, He called us to a holy calling. For the sake of His magnificent glory, He left you here, on purpose for a purpose. His purpose is not complete at the onset of our salvation. That is just the starting point… For before the world was set into orbit, He set you apart to do something specific. A holy calling. H.C.G. Moule stated that God’s call is “the voice of the divine grace prevailing upon the will.” In other words, when God summoned you out of the darkness and into his marvelous light, He also set you apart for a holy work. A work that would be so significant that it would take over your will, aligning it to that of the Father. It’s when God’s purpose invades your own.

A calling that lacks holiness, is void of meaning; Fruitless and useless.

Holy in its simplest form means “set apart for God”. If at anytime we are operating out of the umbrella of our holy calling, than we have lost our significance. I know that seems a little harsh but let me explain: it’s the holy that sets us apart, that gives our lives meaning.

God’s purpose is the only plan that has a solid footing , its all that matters. All the weariness of earthly purpose will fade away but the Lord’s purpose remains, set firm in eternity (Proverbs 19:20)

But that’s not all. For what good would purpose be without grace? With such a high calling on our lives, how could we ever fulfill it without grace?

Purpose thrives on grace, or at least it does for mortal man, because there is no way we would be able to fulfill that purpose without divine intervention.

It blows my simple mind that He would lavish me with purpose and include me in His eternal plan. After all, I have tendencies to fail, to become self consumed, to wonder off track….You too? He knew that we would. So in his sovereignty He allotted to us an unmeasurable supply of His grace along with that purpose.

John 1:16 “ from his fulness we have all received grace upon grace.”

As Christ hung willingly on the cross, torn to shreds by the punishment of sin, agonized by the shame it carries- He emptied Himself. (Philip 2:7) All the fullness that the Son of Man had within His divine arsenal flowed from that old rugged cross. So what exactly was poured out on that dark day? Among many things: GRACE .As He literally poured out His life in the ultimate act of servant hood and as blood dripped from His majestic brow, the store house of grace was poured out of the heavenlies. Like a dam that had been broken, grace would surge forth and overwhelm anyone who found themselves at the foot of the cross.

Ephesians 4:7 “But grace was given to each one of us, according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”

A personal purpose, a holy calling, insinuates  a particular grace. A grace that has been designed to equip you to operate with maximum impact. A grace tailor fit for you. Your works. Your ministry. Your gifts. Your walk. Can you imagine being able to fulfill Paul’s exhortation, in Ephesians chapter 1 verse 1- “ to walk in a manner worthy of your calling” without grace? It cant be done. I cant help but think if it was left up to me, I wouldn’t even be able to walk, much less in a manner worthy of my Lord. I would be belly crawling all the way to eternity because my works, my scripture knowledge, my limited understanding is not firm enough ground for my feet to get any traction. My purpose would remain unfulfilled. Grace, on the other hand, allows the souls of my spiritual feet to be able to stand on the path laid out before me and not only walk in it, but do it in a way that manifests glory all around me. We were meant to do more than crawl through life; we have been enabled to walk victoriously. That makes joy and hope spring up out of my heart and causes a lump to swell in my throat. I don’t know, maybe you have it together-but me, I sure don’t. And to know that this feeble creature has the ability through Christ, not to just make it, but to be victorious in this life makes my heart expand with praise.

You see my friend, we are on a glory walk. As we stroll through this world momentarily, the imprints of our feet are to leave a display of splendor that the world could not manufacture, nor could we on our own. We were called to something bigger than ourselves,we were called to GLORY.

Hear this loud and clear- you were designed by God on purpose; you are part of his eternal plan and in that purpose your purpose is found: one that brings satisfaction and fulfillment and most of all glorification to Christ. We were created to bring him glory; it is our purpose. No matter what your occupation is, weather you are a teacher, a stay at home mom, a CEO, a cashier….your purpose is not found in your earthly title alone but is founded in your heavenly one. The one that states that you are called, predestined, chosen, loved, forgiven, set apart, a workmanship, a over comer….that’s who you are and your purpose is found there- In Christ. And because our identity is wrapped up in Christ then His glory should be the natural outpouring of our lives. And that takes grace.

If we find our lives void of glory we will find our lives void of fulfillment, all because our purpose is off course.

You and I were purposefully graced for right now. The current situation that stands with Goliath like stature in front of you, breathing threats and inspiring fear…you’ve already been given the grace needed to knock that Goliath to the ground. It’s what you were meant for.

There is no amount of deeds that can accomplish your purpose without grace.

Grace to speak, or grace not to. Grace to serve. Grace to minister. Grace to listen. Grace to wait. Grace to be bold. Grace to walk. You have been given a specific grace for a specific reason!

So many people long for this; a glorified grace filled purpose. If you are Christs, you have one…and so do I.

 

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