August 22, 2017

Your Purpose in the New Year

The beginning of a new year seems like a good time to reflect and evaluate things — where you are in life, what direction you’re headed in, and what you plan to do along the way.

It’s also a good time to re-consider your purpose in life. Not just what roles you play, or what you do for a living, but also your purpose as a Christian. It’s a good time to meditate on what you, as a child of God, are supposed to focus on during your time here on earth.

With that in mind, I’d like to share something I wrote in August 2011, about our purpose as Christians. And I’d encourage you to spend some time in prayer today, after you read this, seeking God’s direction and instruction for being the Christian that He wants you to be.

 

Chosen Ones

Why are we here? Many of you know the old catechism question that asks why God created man and woman, and its corresponding answer that says He created them for His glory. So we are here, on earth, for the purpose of glorifying God.

But why are we chosen? Why did He look down from heaven and select you and me to be His children?

It certainly wasn’t for anything we could offer Him. All our good works are like filthy refuse in His sight. We have nothing within ourselves of which we should boast. All we are is of Him. So why did He choose us?

Peter shares the answer to this question in his first epistle:

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him
who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9

We are chosen in order that we might proclaim the excellencies of God. We are chosen, in order that we might testify to the world the greatness of our God, He who plucked us from darkness and death and grafted us into life with Him and light everlasting.

We are to proclaim God’s greatness, no matter where we are.

I am to proclaim His greatness within my home and on my blog. You may be called to do the same, or  to sharing God’s glories as you go to work Monday through Friday, or to teaching your children of His excellence as you train them each day.

We are to proclaim God’s character as we meet with other believers for worship and fellowship. We are to proclaim His greatness to our unsaved loved ones, those who don’t know Him personally. We are to proclaim His greatness even to ourselves, reminding ourselves of His glory and goodness, singing and praising Him in our hearts and our minds.

If you have been chosen to follow Christ, to love Him with all your heart and soul and mind, to obey His every command, then you have been chosen to proclaim His excellence. {tweet that!}

Are you fulfilling that purpose?

 

QUESTION for YOU: How are you actively proclaiming God’s excellence to those around you — at home, in your neighborhood, at work, online? What specific steps can you take to change or improve that?

 


Comments

  1. the white wave says:

    Thanks for these good thoughts for the coming year.

  2. I love this Elizabeth! It’s so full of praise…a heart of gratitude. Don’t you LOVE that God made us with a purpose in mind?! When we’re living it, even in the hard seasons, we can be filled with such praise. Anyway, love your heart, friend! Blessings to you in this New Year!

  3. Elizabeth, The blog looks great! I can tell you have been working very hard. It looks so clean, professional, easy to navigate, and most importantly it captures you and your story. Way to go! Thank you for adding my button. ~jana

    • Thanks so much, Jana! You are a blessing 🙂

      • You are welcome. Have you thought of marketing yourself as a blog “helper”. You seem to know so much about the technical side. While I don’t have the money, yet, for a complete redesign, I would love someone to walk me through making my blog more user friendly and helping me to take advantage of some of the widgets and plug-ins that are out there. (LOL – just 8 months ago I didn’t even know what widgets and plug-ins were :). ) ~jana