All Things Contribute to God’s Purpose for You
As I write to you every other month, I often wonder how you are doing in your team or family life, your ministry and your personal walk with the Lord.
Perhaps over the past few months all your expectations were fulfilled, all your prayers were answered and now you are greatly encouraged in following the Lord. Or perhaps things didn’t go so well, and much of what you had hoped and believed for has turned out different than you imagined. Maybe you have encountered so many difficulties and trials that you are asking yourself whether God’s plan and purpose for your life will ever be fulfilled.
The apostle Paul wrote the answer to this question in his letter to the Roman Christians.
We are called according to God’s purpose: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
This Scripture tells us that if we are born again, we are automatically called according to God’s purpose. That means He has something specific in mind that He wants to accomplish in each of us.
What is God’s purpose for our lives? As believers, our goals are so many. We wish to be used of God, do something significant for His kingdom, have spiritual gifts, experience God’s blessing and receive answers to our prayers. All these are wonderful goals—and biblical ones.
However, there is one thing God desires for His children more than anything else. It is His number-one purpose for our lives, and He decreed it before we were ever created: “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son...” (Romans 8:29).
This means that we are supposed to become everything Jesus is. His character, love, holiness, obedience, submission, servant attitude and heart for the lost are to be in us.
We are on our way. The word “become” in Romans 8:29 indicates that we are not yet there, but we are on our way. Every day, Christ’s image is to increase and become more visible in our lives until the Lord Jesus is clearly seen in all we are and all we do. This will bring the greatest honor to our heavenly Father, much more than any accomplishment we could achieve in our life and ministry.
God causes all things to contribute to His purpose for us. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
God turns all things in our lives—the good, the bad, Satan’s attacks and even our failures—into opportunities for us to grow spiritually, to learn important lessons, to know Him better and to cling to Him in faith. The result will be that each time, we become a little more conformed into the image of Christ.
The life of Joseph in the Old Testament is a perfect example of how God causes even the worst things over which we have no control to become stepping-stones toward His purpose. Joseph faced the ordeals of being thrown in a well, being sold by his brothers and spending the best years of his life as a slave and prisoner; but it did not make him bitter, hopeless or cause him to give up on God’s purpose for him.
On the contrary, he became strong in faith, learned valuable lessons and skills for his future, honored God in every situation and was convinced that nothing and no one could hinder God’s plan for his life. That’s why he could forgive his brothers and declare:
And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20).
If we truly believe that God causes all things to work together for good in our lives, we will have peace in the midst of our storms. We will be able to see, by faith, God’s purpose accomplished in our lives—no matter how many adversities we encounter on our journey. Most of all, we will allow God to use each trial to conform us closer to the image of His Son.
My dear Sister, may the Lord encourage you today with His presence and love.