Born for a Purpose

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Your conception in your mother’s womb  was known and planned by God before it took place. Therefore, your birth is not an accident. Sometimes couples have babies by accident because they did not plan for them.  We know of some wicked mothers who dump their unwanted babies because they never knew their sexual activities would result in pregnancy.

Psalm 139:16 (NLT) says, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God?”

There is no human that comes into this world without the knowledge and plan of God.  All the things the person is expected to do on earth are already recorded by God even before birth. Everyone is uniquely shaped and destined for a purpose. God also provides the necessary gifts, talents, abilities, time and facilities to fulfil the purpose.

Born for a purpose
Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi

God   has crafted us with skills  for His purpose and   takes full responsibility for who we are. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

It is not just our  bodies that God has designed but the whole of our situation. Isaiah 64:8 (NKJV) says, “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” Like the potter, God makes us into shapes and designs for different purposes. He sees us as finished products. Therefore, we need not compare ourselves with others.

Specifically, we are “created in Christ Jesus for good works.” Good works   are absolutely meant to be the result of our salvation. We have been saved to serve Him.  God prepared what He wanted us to do for Him long ago. Therefore,   we do not need to copy someone else or what he is doing. He has a unique plan for each of us to serve Him in this world. He has endowed us with   certain spiritual gifts   to enable us serve Him.

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God knows what those good works are and will lead us to them. He works with and through us. When we face trials, we just look back at our salvation and remember the good works He has designed for us to do. We trust Him and move on. Whatever God wants us to do are good works. Sharing the gospel is a good work, working in the bank is a good work. A mother taking care of the children is a good work. In fact, whatever you do is a good work, as long as it is pleasing to God and gives Him glory.

In doing the good work, we must realise that our strength does not come through our own willpower but through Christ in us. Good works are not just   our good efforts but our willingness to have Christ live out His life through our lives. As Christ lives in our lives, He wants us to continue doing good works as He did on earth.  Apostle Paul says in Phil. 4:13NKJV, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

God has appointed our work before we were born. Therefore, it behoves us to search out for these good works whether big or small and be busy doing them. We need to meet with God each day seeking Him and His will. As we draw close to Him, He will reveal His plans to us.

We must realise that the enemy will oppose us as he did to Jesus Christ. The enemy always opposes the plans and will of God and tempts us to fail and displease God. Therefore, we must be vigilant always. He is always looking for someone to devour.   We must never forget the He that is in us is greater than he that is outside.

Do not despise small beginnings or little assignments that   God has given you. Many a time He trains and tests us with little assignments.  If you are not faithful with little things how can you be   trusted with big   things?  When you pass the tests, He will give you bigger assignments. Remember that David cared for sheep before he ruled    the nation of Israel. He fought lions before he fought a giant named Goliath.

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