“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6
Part of God’s plan for your life is to make your heart more like His. This change happens through a growth process called sanctification. Through His Holy Spirit, He changes you from the inside out.
As your heart becomes more like His, you become more like Him in the ways that you live and love others. And this helps the world know Him better.
It also helps you lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. A life connected with God’s purposes is a full and meaningful life.
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
This does not mean that life will always be easy. Part of sanctification involves experiencing things that don’t make sense to us, such as suffering and having things not go our way. When that happens, we need to remember that God has not abandoned us, but is lovingly showing us what is in our hearts and how to trust Him. Hard things help us grow a persevering faith. (Romans 5:1-5)
Before Jesus left earth to return to Heaven, He had these words to say, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus was sending out His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. This is called the Great Commission.
This is living the life of purpose that you were created for – to know God and make Him known. It starts by receiving His love and then allowing God to overflow His love to others through you. Living for God is not meant to be reduced to duty and rules. It is a life overflowing with worship and response to who God is and what He has done for you.
Your life of faith will not look like everyone else’s. There will be common elements but God will lead you on a path based on your unique design. His path will be for your good and His glory.
Thank you Father for giving me the opportunity to know you. Help me to understand how to live for you and how to be your disciple. Give me a hunger to know and follow you all the days of my life. Use me to make disciples and to show the world what you are like. Amen.
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