“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God predestined [for us] planned beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”
– Ephesians 2:10
As young followers of Christ, there is a phrase that is said so often that it can lose the true meaning. I remember when the time came for me to start making decisions about my future, everyone would say some form of “God has a perfect plan for your life.” At some point that phrase became less encouraging and more nerve-racking. I felt the weight of every single decision I made, and my mindset made them all the more difficult. I was so concerned that I would “miss” God’s purpose for me.
The truth is that God’s pre-destined and perfect plan doesn’t hinge on whether or not I “miss” it. I came to the realization that God’s perfect will for me was not solely based in my decision about college, career, friendships, or my spouse. His plan is based on His will for us, and it is laid plainly before us in scripture! Are you struggling to find God’s purpose for you? Start with five of the many great things God desires for you:
1. It is God’s will that you live a Holy life (2 Timothy 1:9)
2. It is God’s will that you prosper (Jeremiah 29:11)
3. It is God’s will that you have joy (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
4. It is God’s will that you have peace (John 14:27)
5. It is God’s will that you lead others to Him (Matthew 28:18-20)
When you start with the basics of what God has for you and measure your decisions through the truth of His Word, understanding His purpose for your life becomes a lot easier. If you are starting to make plans for your future, make sure it lines up with the basics of God’s will for your life! The Holy Spirit is our guide and He never fails us.
Find peace in His embrace,