While attending Irvine Christian Students’ Sunday Fellowship, I was able to see more about the Lord’s eternal purpose: that His Spirit would intertwine with ours, yielding His expression through us on earth. I learned about God’s plan to work Himself into us to ultimately fulfill this exact purpose.
In our pursuit of Christ, we have an impulse to serve the Lord and expand His kingdom. We desire to serve in the church and we preach the gospel to those around us. While these are necessary matters, the Lord has a deeper purpose for each of us. In order to fulfill His purpose, we must constantly seek Him as our source in whatever we do. If we do not know what is in God’s heart, we may have a good intention in our service, yet we would miss His desire for us. To meet these desires, we must first stop all the outward activities and turn our eyes to Christ through prayer and reading His Word. It is only through this enjoyment and intake of the Lord that we can fully express Him in our daily lives, as seen in John 6:57:
“As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me”
As we eat and drink Christ, we will come to know Him and His desires, allowing Him to operate and spread in our heart. In addition, we must learn to cooperate with His inward working. Similar to feeding a young, playful child, it is difficult for the Lord to feed us with His Word if we do not pause and receive His nourishment. Without doing so, we can neither grow, nor express Him. Therefore, our Lord encourages us to cooperate by stopping what we are doing and spending time in His presence, giving Him an opportunity to work Himself into us. After doing so, we are able to serve the Lord with a purpose and mind that matches His, allowing Him to live through us. This very idea is seen in Galatians 2:20:
“I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” .
Finally, our cooperation with God will allow Him to fully saturate our being and save us from acting independently of Him. The Apostle Paul, formerly known as Saul, before his conversion was a firm man in his Jewish faith. However, he acted independently of the Lord, believing that his persecution of the believers was his service to God. The Lord then appeared to Paul and exposed his ways and ideas of serving. This shifted Paul’s heart to obey and cooperate with the Lord in his service for Him. From that day forward, Paul was one with the Lord in his every move, which can be seen in Acts 16:6:
“And they passed through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.”
In order to allow God to fulfill His purpose, He must work His way into us. If we eat and drink of the Lord, cooperate with His will, and act together with Him, we will become an expression of God and serve Him as He desires. Then just like Paul in Philippians 4:13 we will be able to declare:
“I am able to do all things in Him who empowers me.”