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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Live Purposefully"

Date published: 08/01/2016
 
Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, so that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (NKJV) 

   At age 45, I read a book that talked about mid-life crisis and how to deal with it. Though the book had a lot of wisdom and good instruction, I felt saddened. Many people reading that book had become Christians when they were 10 to 35 years in age; yet when they reached the “crisis” years, they were missing the fullness of God’s work because they had not “numbered their days.” This should raise two questions for every Christian: 1) What does God want in my life? 2) What in my life is coming between God’s purposes and me accomplishing His purposes? 

   Equating the first question to the way you live your life, you will find there is very little you are pursuing with passion that you did not first seek understanding and confirmation before pursuing it. The same should be true in seeking God’s direction. In Colossians 1:9b-10a, Paul is praying for the Colossians, “Asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way.” (NIV)  Do not wait 25 years to start asking how to live your life worthy of the Lord; hear God’s heart and respond now! 2 Corinthians 4:6 tells how this understanding comes from spending time with God, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (NIV) Spend time with God, not as a check off on your list, an activity, or a casual request, but with intense prayer and Bible time while enjoining the Holy Spirit. Your intense pursuit of God’s desires for you will result in wisdom and knowledge to help you live a life worthy of God. 

 The second thing in doing what God wants in your life is to live purposefully. You can know what God wants, but still squander it. Ephesians 5:16-17 reinforces knowing God’s will, but also stresses being purposeful, “Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.” (NIV) If satan and the world are not enough to thwart God’s purposes in your life, human nature will surely succeed. Prayerfully and Biblically develop a plan, schedule, goals, accountability, and whatever is necessary so as to allow God to work His perfect purpose in you. Once you have done this, bathe it in prayer and Scriptural truths, so that it is not you, but God who fulfills His will in you. Pray Ephesians 1:18-19a, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength.” (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and “Knowing God’s Will.”

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