In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:11-23
Do you live with a sense of destiny? Is there a sense of purpose and fortune in your everyday life? Or is life a grind? A kind of Groundhog’s Day existence? Or do you live with a sense of purpose and meaning – aware of someone greater than you who has a plan for your life? What’s more, God’s plan for us is good and his purposes are pure and good.
As I consider my life, and especially as I consider what lies ahead it’s easy to lose sight of my true destiny. It’s easy to think more about how the Astros are doing, or to rejoice in a Texans win than considering how my life has a purpose greater than my daily dose of “bread and circus.”
So what does it mean to live in light of your true destiny? How do my daily choices differ if I’m more concerned about where God is leading me than how my retirement account is faring? Three things come to mind.
I will worry less about those things of the world – even the big things – that might easily weigh me down. I won’t pretend that nothing matters. I won’t ignore the real challenges of crime, injustice, moral decline, or my own health. But I will give them to God and trust that he does have a plan for my life, and a good one at that.
I will look for God’s presence and purposes in my life. That is not merely reserved for my purposes as a pastor – as significant and important, and sometimes life defining as they may be. God’s purposes and presence in my life extends to my wife and family. It has to do with how I interact with my photo club friends and the server at the restaurant. God’s purposes are not reserved for an hour on Sunday. He has to do with all of life.
I will pray differently. I will still pray about my need for daily bread, good health, for my family and friends. But I will hold lightly in my hands just how I think God should take care of the concerns I voice. God not only has a higher purpose than my personal convenience, and preferences. He also has a more grand view of all of life and every facet of my interactions with others.
I’m going to continue to keep in mind God’s purposes and my destiny as an heir of his eternal glory. I wonder, dear reader, will you join me in this life-long quest?