100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 29
You Are Called According to God’s Purpose
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
If we were to highlight key words from the sentence above, we most likely would agree that all things, God, good, love, called, and purpose are standouts. Put them together and we glean that the purpose is ordained by God; it is based on love; it is for our good, and it comes to pass regardless of what we have endured already, what we face in the now, or the uncertainties of what lies ahead.
Do you love God? If yes, then you understand the drive to please Him.
You see, before I surrendered my life to Jesus, I didn’t love God. More than anything, I loved myself. Sure, like everyone, I had good moments of being genuinely compassionate toward others, but at the end of the day, my life was lived with focus on my needs.
As a Christian, I inherently know that this vapor-length, temporary life should count for something bigger than myself. Do you interpret correctly what I’m trying to express? Life is short; eternity is forever, and the time you spend on earth will greatly affect your experience in eternity!
Grasping this truth, I went to the Lord one day in prayer saying that I wanted to formulate a mission statement for my life. If time on earth passes quickly, and I’m supposed to work toward that which is lasting, then I want focus for my life. I don’t want to waste any more time. I actually was inspired by the mission statement of Bill Bright. He was asked how he went from being a person who was a devoted Christ-follower to someone who impacted the world with the Gospel through the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry. Reportedly he told the interviewer, “My wife and I together wrote a statement to the Lord declaring all that we are and all that we have, we commit to the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
After months of prayer and seeking God’s heartbeat for my life, I formulated the mission statement: God, let Your desires be my desires, and let Your Name be known great in my life. As soon as I recorded my life’s mission statement in a journal, the enemy began mocking me for it. I actually felt shame for having crafted the declaration. Then God delivered truth to my heart, and I grabbed ahold of it and started to run my race! “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of Your truth, I wait for You; Your Name and renown are the desires of my heart” (adapted from Isaiah 26:8).
You have been created to declare His glory!
My mission statement is really no different from any believer’s mission. We all have been fashioned in the likeness of Jesus; therefore, we all have the mandate to reveal God and His kingdom in the earth. However, the differences lie in the means of expression. How does your life express the greatness of God?
What work did God handcraft for me to display His splendor?
This is an interesting path of discovery, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the same key that unlocked the mystery for me works for you, too. I happened upon it one day when reflecting on my childhood fascination with cheerleading. I ate, slept and breathed cheering- it was my passion for thirteen years! So, I asked the Father about it, knowing I could handle gentle correction from Him about wasted years of being misguided. “What was that?” I asked. “Was it all vanity?”
“Renee,” He replied, “I made you to be a cheerleader, but you are to cheer My Name and My fame!” Wow! He was speaking my language! I already had formulated the mission statement with those words, and now God confirms them but also reveals they were always His idea!
This takes us back to the beginning of Romans 8:28. And we know that in all things… Hear this truth today: Nothing is wasted in the kingdom of God. If you used something for your own glory as I once did with cheerleading, then know that God put that within you for the purpose of His glory. Or, if the enemy stamped your life with shame because of a repeated cycle of past failures, know that God takes what the enemy meant for evil and uses it for good!
So we go back to our past and inspect what was there, not for the purpose of being beaten down by our past, but to turn our eyes to our victorious Lord Jesus who lifted us up out of the past and brought us into His glorious love and freedom! Do you know what that is called? Redemption. One of the sweetest words I know!
Something else you may discover when you look back at the child you once were- there was a pure expression of what was in your heart. You released the beauty of the Creator in some fashion, and you did it without inhibition because you were too young to be socially aware. Your mind was not set on being seen in a favorable light to others; you only knew to be true to yourself. As you reflect on that time in your life, do any indications of God’s handcrafted calling come to light?
By the time I entered Kindergarten, I was already teaching. I taught my teacher how to write my name in cursive as I had already learned at home. I taught my bus driver how to respond kindly to his passengers when they greet him. Yes, I was that bold as a child! I think I was born to teach. I couldn’t stop teaching if I tried! By age ten my bedroom was decorated like a classroom, and I created student papers to grade. Now, as an adult, I am most certain of my breathing as I write this post, teaching truths leading you to revelation.
My name is Renee Beamer, and I teach for the glory of God’s Name and His renown.
“The most vital thing to be understood is what the will of the Lord is.” -Francis Foulkes
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Find some time this week to reflect on the purity of expression you had as a child. Ask the Lord to unlock the mystery for you concerning His calling and purpose. Pray asking for wisdom concerning your life’s mission statement.