Saturday 29 June 2024

Designed for a special purpose

He called and equipped us to fulfil a certain purpose in this world

Ephesians 1:18-19. The apostle Paul prayed for the believers at Ephesus, that they might know what God called them to do and understand the riches He had invested in them. Think about this:- 

God knows what He's invested in us. He didn't redeem us one day and take us to heaven the next day. He called and equipped us to fulfil a certain purpose in this world. (Matthew 25:15) Christ taught that some of us are five talents people, some are two talents people, and some are one talent people, according to his ability and immediately he went on a journey. That's why it's a mistake to draw comparisons, it's not what you have that determines your reward, but what you do with what you have. It's when you bury your talent because you're afraid to risk and fail, that you get into trouble with God.

God protects what He's invested in you. Do we sometimes disobey God? Yes - does He discipline us? Yes and our response to Him can either lengthen or shorten our season of discipline, depending on whether we repent or be unrepented. But does God abandon us? Never!!!  God's gifts and His call will never be withdrawn. Romans 11:29-33. God's promise is Yes and Amen.

God expects a return on what He's invested in us. When we get to the end of our life, what will we have to show for it? God gives us time, talent and treasures. Are we using them selfishly or are we using them to serve Him and bless others? (2 Corinthians 5:10) We must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ so God will have all the glory, that each one may receive according to what we have done, whether good or bad. A song writer, put it this way. "only one life, t'will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last".

in 1 Corinthians 12:7 Paul is saying we're all given a spiritual gift. Before an architect designs a building, he asks what is it's purpose? The answer to that determines everything. Before God created us, He decided the role He wanted us to play, then prepared us for it. He also planned each day of our life accordingly.  Psalms 139:13-16.

God would not give us talents and life experiences unless He intended us to use them, we all have certain abilities given to us by God. We do not get to earn or choose them, they are a gift, God alone decides which gift each person should have according to His will 1 Corinthians 12:11 because God loves variety, that's why God gave different gifts to everyone, if you had all the gifts you would not need anyone else. That would defeat God's purpose of teaching us to firstly love God - love one another, your talents were not just given to you for your benefit, but firstly to bring glory and honour to God, and to benefit others, just as their talents were given to benefit you.

The spiritual gifts is given to each as a means of helping the whole body/church and to bring glory to God. 1 Corinthians:12:7 God planned it that way if others do not use their gifts you get cheated, if you do not use your gift they get cheated, an unopened gift is worthless. That's why we are each commanded to discover and develop our spiritual gifts. 

I pray that this blog will encourage you to seek the teaching and leading of the Holy Spirit so that you can use the gift that God has entrusted/invested in you to serve Him and others on our journey of faith in Him to bring glory and honour to Him and His church.

Author: Herbie Jean

May God bless and enrich your life

Please feel free to share this article and other articles on this site with friends, family and others. 

No comments:

Post a Comment