We all can live a life that fulfills God’s eternal purpose. How? Our own day to day life is already a struggle, and I don’t even know whether or not I will wake up to my alarms tomorrow, let alone fulfill God’s eternal purpose. So how can we possibly attain to such a deep and meaningful living? Well, first, we need to recognize that God even has an eternal purpose. Our God is living, just as we are all living. This means He, very much like us, has a pleasure, a will, and a purpose.
Ephesians 3:11 says, “According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,”
suggesting that not only does God have an eternal purpose – His eternal purpose was formed in and fulfilled by Christ. However, although it was necessary to be fulfilled by the Lord, it was not sufficient, because God desires all of us to live a life in such a way. Ephesians 5:32 tells us the mystery is great, but the speaking is with regards to Christ and the church.
This brings us the central thought of the Bible: Life and building.
In John 10:10, the Lord Jesus tells us “I have come that they may have life and may have it abundantly.”
His coming opened a way for all to live a life that satisfies God, meaning God’s purpose is higher than just redemption; it was a necessary procedure due to which we are able to receive the divine, indestructible life of God, and to live by this life. God wants a built up church, composed of all His believers.
Recognizing God has a purpose is the first step. The second step is but realizing that it is not anything of our own doing, behavior, or will that we can live such a life. Again, it is impossible for us because our human life is fallen and sinful. Our doing is limited, our behavior is variable, and our will is weak. Christ did not come only to redeem us and to save us from our sins so that we can spend the rest of our lives doing whatever we please, whenever we please. An artist does not clean his brush just to leave it alone and let it sit; he washes and cleans it so that he can use it for his purpose – to paint. In the same way, Christ cleansed us of our sins, but even more so, He imparted God’s life into us when we believed, for the purpose that we may live by this life. The Lord Jesus lived a life that fully satisfied God, and through His process of death and resurrection, came into us as our life. Now, He is the life-giving Spirit, giving life to us day by day, little by little.
As we live and as we go about our days, we need to realize that our living is not merely for ourselves, but for God and God’s purpose. This will cause us to turn to the Lord, to pray to Him, to invite Him into our daily activities. Then corporately, by living and walking according to our spirit, there will be an increase in the building up of His church.