A new theme has been tugging at the corners of my mind lately. In a series by Max Lucado called “You will get through this,” we learned last night that one thing that helped Joseph get through betrayal, a trip down to Egypt as a captive, slavery, unjust accusations and a prison term, was the destiny God had planted in his heart at a young age. Because of his dreams, he knew God had a plan for him, a destiny.
Then on Sunday the kids talk looked at things made for a purpose. We looked at a huge beach ball which was made for fun. When it gets popped, however, it can no longer fulfill its purpose. In the same way, God made us for a purpose. Sin breaks us in a way that we can no longer fulfill God’s purpose. However, Christ’s victory over sin can reverse this process and make us new.
I have a blouse that I love and that I’ve had for at least five years. It contains my favourite colours, I like the style, it matches most of my clothes and it doesn’t make me look fat. Recently, however, the elastic at the neck has become so feeble, I can no longer wear my blouse without constantly being aware that it is getting too low. Yesterday I started the arduous task of unpicking the elastic with the intention of inserting brand new elastic so my blouse can once again fulfill the purpose for which it was created.
In the same way, once we have been saved, God’s grace works renewal in us. We have to put off some of our old ways, habits and thoughts and put on new ones. God’s destiny for us is from grace to glory.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say, No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11 – 14 NIV)
We have a God-given destiny. Christ has redeemed us to be His people and to do what is good (some translations say good works.) This knowledge strengthens us to be able to get through what the world throws at us, be it betrayal, injustice, loss, or anything the devil uses to interfere with our achieving our true purpose.
Let’s live to our true potential.