Are you looking for meaning in your life? Are you wanting to know why you exist? Are you desperate for understanding in making decisions and what direction to take in your life?
Well, before reading on, if you’ve never heard or read about this vital truth, which is knowing What is the Eternal Purpose of God, please read through the New Testament books of Colossians (focuses on Christ) and Ephesians (focuses on the church). These books have been greatly overlooked but hold the answers to eternity past before creation and to eternity future. If you don’t have a bible you’ll find them linked on the two names of the books and to continue reading the chapters just click on the tab in the bottom right corner that will have the next chapter number.
Might I suggest praying before you do so, even if you’ve never prayed before, and ask the Holy Spirit to bring alive the scriptures to your heart, giving you insight and understanding into the knowledge of Christ through what you are about to read there. I pray that the Lord will grant you and me, and all of us, a massive revelation into the knowledge of Jesus Christ in whom we find all meaning.
Now – to the blog post………
Today I simply just want to proclaim Christ to you.
When the Lord was pleased to reveal His Son in me, I was done. Done like a dinner. Done like Saul/Paul on the road to Damascus – fell off my horse so to speak, and was never the same. When He gave me just the tiniest glimpse into the fact that He has only ONE purpose, only ONE will, only ONE object of His whole heart, ONE purpose and intention behind all of creation including my puny little life and that this ONE everything for God is the exaltation and increase of His Son Jesus Christ ….. He answered everything for me.
Recently Derek and I listened to a message by Frank Viola on the Eternal Purpose of God, and in it he gave a little illustration but one that for me, captured God’s ONE purpose beautifully. Imagine for a moment, a mum of toddlers. You may be one, so this will be easy for you. This is the general gist of what Frank said – You mums know that with your child, you are inseparable. You cannot separate yourself from your child, your child is completely part of you and who you are.
I’ve never had my own children but I have the privilege of witnessing a shadow/type of this obsession that God has with His Son, through the lives of some mums I share life with. Just this week, I told a friend that I would be at a certain place baby sitting for another friend and invited her to come over for a cuppa. Her immediate response was that her son would love to play with the kids I would be baby sitting! My friend’s first thought, her complete desire and heart was for her son. She was looking at the invitation in light of her son’s pleasures, needs and fulfillment and to see these met in him would give her the greatest joy. And so it is with God.
Let’s think about that for a moment.
God looks at everything through the lense of His Son. Everything we do here is to be for His Son, but led by Him, born out from Him, done in Him, for Him, to Him and by Him. It is to be Christ’s life through us. His Son Jesus is the object of God’s ONE will, desire and purpose and the increase of His Son is established through the church!
How brilliantly freeing it is to know that God doesn’t have multiple wills, desires and purposes! In the old days I remember pining for knowledge into what God’s will was for my life – as though every individual that ever existed had an individual specific will set for their lives by God and had to search it out with a fine tooth comb as though it were some mystery hidden from them.
There’s millions of books in Christian book shops tackling the subject of how to know God’s will for your life on this basis. You might have even read some of them. But to know God only has ONE will for my life, your life and the life of every person who ever did and ever will live, is something so profoundly simple and liberating for the believer that changes our lives forever and takes my breath away.
With Christ as our compass, our Bethlehem star, our True North, our whole life is given absolute direction and clarity of will in every single circumstance from the seemingly insignificant decisions to the seemingly most paramount ones. In all things, we only need ask ourselves and ask of our brethren, will Christ be exalted and magnified through this or through that?
Imagine for a minute, the sport of orienteering. Orienteering is a sport centered around the skill of navigation using a map and a compass.Imagine yourself with your compass and map in hand, making every move in accordance with a deference to True North and finding your way to the treasures. Well Christ is the treasure and that True North! He’s the way there and He’s the destination.
When it is given to us to see that Christ and Christ increased through us IS the Eternal Purpose of God, (and it is given, it is not something we can see by our own spiritual or intellectual capacities, lest we boast, and I certainly do not profess to have full revelation because Christ is way too big) we realise that we can align our every move in life to the will of God. Again, is Christ being exalted and magnified through this or through that?
Every choice, decision, move is to be made with the understanding that the essential goal and purpose is to see Christ made manifest, increased and expressed as He desires. And this often requires denying our own soulish preferences, giving up or bearing the cross. In fact, it pretty much mostly requires this. Our lives become completely given over to Him and His needs, His desires, His wants, His intentions, His heart. Even our fellowship with other believers stops being about meeting our wants and needs and becomes simply about meeting His needs! (go figure). Beautiful stuff.
Knowing that Christ is GOD’s everything, just like the example of my friend with her son (not that her son is her everything, but you get the example) answers all my inquiries in life. All my questions and problems of where I live, how I live, what I wear, how I carry myself, where I go, where I don’t go, what I do, how I speak, where I work, how I work, if I work, career aspirations, what I study, how I fellowship, what I sing, how I sing, how I manage my finances, how I pray, how I handle a faith crisis, how I read the scriptures, what I permit in my life as entertainment, how I eat, facing depression, anxiety, fears, incompetence, weaknesses, failures, what are my goals, ambitions, dreams and desires….EVERYTHING is answered in Him.
In fact, personal goals, ambitions, dreams, desires, career aspirations, study aspirations, interests etc, have pretty much gone out the window, except for Him! Some folk would find me incredibly boring I’m sure! Like I said, I’m done. He did me in. He did me in at Calvary, and this came alive to me when He was pleased to reveal His Son in me in 2010 even though I entered His kingdom in 1973 (see Psalm 116). He did it. He has done all of it. I can’t even explain how He’s done it. I didn’t even do anything to warrant what He’s done. It’s all Him.
If I look back over my life, I can see how God’s ONE desire, purpose and will for me has always been wrapped up in His Son. God’s ONE Eternal Purpose is in His Son and has determined who I married, when I married, where we’ve lived, our career paths, our interests, who we do life with and how we live on a daily basis.
If you look back over your life to this point as an observor, can you see the same thing? Even if you feel you’ve failed in areas, like I definitely have, can you see that even those decisions seeming to be failures are still caught in the net of the greatest fisherman that ever lived, that Fisher of men? (Luke 5:1-11)
Since time began people have asked the question “What is the meaning of life?” If you knew that answer, what impact would it have on you?
What if you were to answer that question with Christ? Can you see the impact on one’s life when the good Lord reveals Christ as the all consuming passion of God’s heart? How all encompassing is this Christ, how all consuming, how unfathomable, giant and vast, how deep and wide and eternal is He? How amazing it is that everything is summed up in this Christ? That this Christ is the ONE desire, passion and intent of the Father for all time past, present and future? And….that we are in Him??!! Whoa!!! No wonder God loves us so much, we’re in His Son!!
Seriously, we have to ask ourselves, what other purpose could God possibly have outside of His own Son?
Could we say that God’s eternal purpose is to love? But He gave us Christ who IS the complete object of His love!
After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased. (Matthew 3:16-17)
… Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days any of the things which they had seen (Luke 9:34-36).
Could we say that God’s eternal purpose is to see that the gospel is preached? But Christ IS the gospel!
God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you (Romans 1:9).
…to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God,… I have fully preached the gospel of Christ (Romans 15:16-19).
Could we say that God’s eternal purpose is to reveal His glory? But Christ IS the glory of God!
… “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was (John 17:4-5).
Or could we say that God’s eternal purpose is that we would know Him? CHRIST is the way we know God. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life! No-one comes to the Father except through CHRIST!
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves (John 14:5-11).
And how profoundly and extravagantly loving and gracious is our God, to invite us INTO this Christ, His only begotten Son, and to make the way for Him to live and dwell inside of us? So now we are included in this heavenly, glorious relationship of love between the Father and His Son.
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:20-26)
And now because of Christ and who He is and what He has done, the church is the display of the manifold wisdom of God to the powers and principalities of the air. This is our purpose people, this is why we exist. We exist to increase this Christ. Christ is to be given the room to express Himself fully, to be displayed to the heavens and to the shame of the opposing powers of the air, for Christ alone is to be exalted. And how will He be exalted if we do not exalt Him? How can He be increased if we do not decrease in our own self-life.
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord (Ephesians 3:10).
The increase and exaltation of Christ answers every desire and need in humanity. It directs our every path and at every cross road. It is our True North. It is the glory and delight of God. It is our very purpose.
Christ is the reason we live, breath, walk, talk, move, sing. We sing of Christ, of who He is. We declare and proclaim this Christ in our words, songs and deeds.
One day ALL things will be summed up IN CHRIST. Doesn’t that say it all?