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THE ETERNAL PURPOSE

A certain man of God achieved something quite significant in his career at a very young age. When people applauded and congratulated him, he humbly declared “This does not serve an eternal purpose”. How deeply profound these words are. Yet there are so many of us who are unable to find the purpose God has for them.

There is an interesting story about a man who dreamt that he was standing in heaven and saw an angel writing a book with many pages in it. He went closer to have a look and was shocked to discover that it was his life story that was being written inside. He also noticed that most of the pages were empty and only a few words remained here and there in a few pages. The angel explained that the pages in this book were each day in his life and each page was filled with whatever he did that day. The man curiously asked about the empty pages and the angel replied “These are the days in which you were not holy and did not do anything that brought glory to God that can be written eternally. Things that are not of worth are not written in heaven”. The man vowed to himself he will fill the remaining pages of his life with deeds worth writing eternally.

Although this is a story, it should get us thinking. Malachi 3:16 talks about a “scroll of remembrance” being written about those who fear the Lord in the presence of the Lord. Are we filling the days of our lives with deeds and words that is worth being written eternally? What is the purpose that God has in our life? Surely it cannot be something as trivial as worldly blessings.

Let us consider the fact that God chose the Israelites to be his holy nation. In Exodus 19:5,6, God says “Now if you fully obey me and keep my covenant then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation”. God declared Israel as His treasured possession. Yet they seem to be the most unlikely group of people to be called a Holy Nation. God himself called them “stiff-necked” in Exodus 32:9. They grumbled when God provided, made a golden calf and worshipped it right after God distinctly told them they were to worship no other god but Him, they openly rebelled against Him even at the entrance of the promised land. Yet God chose them. Why? We may never understand but this verse explains the love God has on His chosen people “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion “.

We too are no different from the Israelites, rebellious and stiff-necked, yet God has chosen us to be His holy people. In 1 Peter 2:9 God tells us “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God” .How great is that? In the above verse we see what we are chosen to be. Ephesians 1:4 tells us why we are chosen. It says “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight”. It is an obvious statement telling us we were chosen as a Holy Nation to be holy and blameless in his sight.

Let us remember His purpose for us is eternal. He chose us to be His people on this earth and be with Him forever. He rose on the third day conquering death and satan thus giving us a glorious eternity. Let’s not confine the purpose of God to mere earthly blessings. Let us live each day with the eternal purpose in mind and be the “Holy nation” He has called us to be.

Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.comCHRISTIAN WRITERMAKE A WEBSITE

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