“Give Meaning To Those Resolutions, Have Purpose (Part 2)”Categories: Christian Living
Give Meaning To Those Goals & Resolutions, Have Purpose!
Part 2: How Can God’s Purposes Be Achieved
If our goals and resolutions are to be meaningful they need to match-up with God’s purposes for us. In part one we looked at the purposes God has for man: 1) to glorify Him and 2) to be with Him. But how can these purposes be achieved, how can we glorify God so that we can ultimately be with God? From the Scriptures I propose three ways we can achieve God’s purposes. Again, you may disagree with the number, but hopefully you will find these three sufficiently helpful.
First, God’s purposes can be achieved through a life of praise. We’ve already noted the Psalmist’s proclamation that the Lord should “be glad in all His works” (Ps. 104:31). So, the Psalmist declared that he would “sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being” (vs. 33). Of course praising God is more than singing or saying thanks, although there should be a healthy dose of that in our lives! A life of praise is a life of gratitude and contentment. As the Hebrew writer reminds us, “make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?’” (Heb. 13:5-6). Do you want to live a life that glorifies God? Then praise Him in your life, having full assurance that He is all you will ever need!
Second, God’s purposes can be achieved through seeking holiness. In both Old and New Testaments God exhorts His people to “be holy, for I am holy” (Lev. 11:45; 1Peter 1:16). Through Christ we can be holy before Him (see Eph. 1:4; Col. 1:22), the grace of God cleansing us of our sins and making us His children. Furthermore, we are exhorted to “cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2Cor. 7:1). If you were wondering, here is where obedience fits in the picture. While we can only be holy because of God’s grace, we must also commit ourselves to holy living. His commands are not arbitrary, but were given so that through faithfully following Him we can be holy like Him. Do you want to live a life that glorifies God? Then commit yourself to holy living!
Third, God’s purposes can be achieved through blessing others. Sometimes lost amid God’s promises to Abraham in Genesis 12 is that fact that God said Abraham “would be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). Without question, Abraham’s life of faithfulness was a blessing to those of his generation and for all generations to come. As the true children of Abraham we should desire to be a blessing to others. God would have me be a blessing to my wife by rejoicing in her, praising her and encouraging her spiritual growth (see Prov. 5:18; 31:28-29; 1Peter 3:7). God would have me be a blessing to my sons by lovingly bringing them up to follow His paths (see Gen. 18:19; Eph. 6:4). God would have me be a blessing to my brethren by looking for ways to encourage, edify and love them (see Heb. 10:24-25; 1John 3:10; 4:7-8). And God would have me love my community by setting an example of godliness, spreading His word and by being charitable (see Matt. 5:16; 1Tim. 6:18-19). Do you want to live a life that glorifies God? Then just as He has blessed you, you be a blessing to others!
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