“Give Meaning To Those Resolutions, Have Purpose (Part 1)”Categories: Christian Living
Give Meaning To Those Goals & Resolutions, Have Purpose!
Part 1: What Are God’s Purposes For My Life
A new year has begun and so have the resolutions. Did you make some new resolutions? Have a goal to dramatically reduce your debt this year or to de-clutter your house? Did you repeat some resolutions from past years? Plan on sticking to that diet and exercise routine or actually read the entire Bible? I’m behind this year. Typically I spend the last few weeks of December reflecting on the year’s successes and failures and looking forward to the promise of a new year. But this year I haven’t done much of that. Oh, there has been some reflection, but I’m trying a different perspective this time around. Before making goals and resolutions I’m first asking, “What are God’s purposes for my life?” In answering that question I can then make better goals and resolutions, ones that will match God’s purposes. Here’s what I’ve found…
God has two purposes for my life. When you answer the question you might say God has one purpose for your life or He has 100 purposes for you life, but I’m sticking with two. The first, God wants me to glorify Him. The second, God wants me to be with Him! These two purposes are broad enough to encompass everything, but narrow enough (in my mind anyway) to help me focus. Hopefully they will be helpful to you as well.
Man’s first purpose is to glorify God, His creator. After all, that’s what God’s creation does: it glorifies the One who created it! “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). Since creation this world and the universe have glorified the Father, so shouldn’t man the pinnacle of creation also glorify Him? “Let the Lord be glad in His works” (Psalm 104:31). The point of the 104th Psalm is that the Lord can look at all He created and be glad, so it should be man’s desire to bring gladness to the Lord as well. “Let my meditation by pleasing to him; As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord” (Psalm 104:34). Furthermore, the very Son of God came to glorify His Father: “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4). We shouldn’t be surprised that He calls for us to glorify God in our life (John 15:8) and even by our death (cf. John 21:19).
Which leads us to man’s second purpose: to be with God. Just as Jesus glorified the Father, so the Father glorified the Son. “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (John 17:4-5). God has also purposed that we should be with Him in glory. After all, the Kingdom was prepared for us from the foundation of the world (Matthew 25:34). Those who glorify Him will ultimately be glorified in Him. This is what He has purposed.
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