Fulfilling God's Plan
G.K. Chesterton’s character, Father Brown, said “We are on the wrong side of the tapestry.” How true. We see the knots, the snarls, and the frayed underside. But God is on the right side of the tapestry—the side He is weaving into a beautiful work of art. We may not always know what the Master Artist is doing in our lives. But the important thing is, He does.
Having a biblical perspective is seeing life through God’s eyes. It is seeing order in chaos, use in the useless, and good in the bad. If we are to develop eyes to see God’s hand in everything, we must believe (not necessarily understand) what Scripture says about the purpose of stress. Stress is an effective tool in the hands of our God, a tool that is intended both for His glory and our good. (read more)
What is God's Plan for Me?
After understanding why Jesus came to the earth, many people ask themselves, “What is God’s plan for me?” A good question! And the answer to that good question is found in the Bible. But the answer is not always what we anticipate.
The Bible teaches that God has a specific plan for you…but that plan is specifically tied to how you fit into His eternal master plan. God has given you the freedom to choose His plan or your own plan. However, it’s important to remember that you have the freedom to choose, but not freedom from the consequences of your choice. To choose wisely, you must understand how life fits into the big picture of God’s eternal master plan, and you must learn from the choices others have made.
All of creation and history exist for the glory of God. Ultimately, we have been created to know God, to appreciate His divine qualities, and to give ourselves to God in worship and service. The value of our existence is derived from our knowing God and pleasing Him with our lives.
All of creation is but a showplace where God can display His incredible magnificence to other living beings. God is developing a relationship with His people. We demonstrate our love for Him and our faith in Him through our obedience, even in the midst of great adversity.
Meditate on the following Bible passages and ask God to show you how you fit into His plan! (read Bible passages)
How many times have you made decisions that you thought were right, only to discover later that you had not seen the big picture? Good decisions require understanding the context. Many times we are so wrapped up with the circumstances of our situation that we fail to see the big picture of God’s eternal plan. Take a look at God’s big picture to see how you fit in! (read more)
From the onset of creation, God designed His creatures with freedom to make their own choices. But how do we make the “right” choices? You can step confidently into your future by applying these six principles to your decision-making process. (read more)
Why do you exist? It is not enough to be able answer that question confidently and convincingly. You must also answer it correctly … or you will end up wasting your time and talents on a life without purpose. Discover a framework for identifying your purpose in God’s world. (read more)
Life is meaningless apart from God. Period. Back in Old Testament Bible times, King Solomon experienced the futility of searching for purpose apart from God. We can avoid an unfulfilled life by learning from Solomon’s adventures in emptiness. (read more)
Do you ever find yourself wishing that God would speak to you audibly and just tell you what to do? The key to the discernment of God's will is the closeness of our relationship to Him. If we only come to Him in times of crisis and don't build our relationship with Him on a regular basis, it's hard to discern His leading. These steps will help you to build that relationship and learn to follow God as He leads you. (read more)
by John Piper
We will focus on the last part of Romans 12:2, namely, the aim of the renewed mind: “Do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, [now here comes the aim] that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” So our focus is on the meaning of the term “will of God,” and how we discern it. (read more)
by David Carl
David Carl shares his own journey of training and preparation that eventually led to the discovery of the ministry God had in mind for him all along. When we’re only partway down that path, it can be hard to see how God is using us where we are right now. But David encourages us to wait on God and be assured that every stop along the way is part of the training we need. God never wastes our passions or gifts. (read article)
by John Piper
Every year Christmas poses a question to the world—and to you today—namely, why did Jesus come? Or what is the meaning of Jesus Christ? Or, more personally, what difference should this man make in my life? In my marriage, in my work, in my leisure, in my thinking, in my emotions? (read more)
by John Piper
God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display His supreme excellence in all spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work, not to be made much of, but to make much of Him in every part of our lives.
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by John Piper
In this challenge to Christians finishing their formal careers in their fifties and sixties, John Piper writes, I am sixty-two years old—just about the oldest baby boomer. Behind me come 78 million boomers, ages forty-three to sixty-one. Over 10,000 turn sixty every day. What will it mean to live those final years for the glory of Christ? How will we live them in such a way as to show that Christ is our highest Treasure? John Piper argues that it will mean a radical break with the mindset of our unbelieving peers. Especially a break with the typical dream of retirement. (download booklet)
by John Piper
We are perfectly useless as Christ-exalting Christians if all we do is conform to the world around us. And the key to not wasting our lives with this kind of success and prosperity, Paul says, is being transformed. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed.”
Transformation is not switching from the to-do list of the flesh to the to-do list of the law. When Paul replaces the list—the works—of the flesh, he does not replace it with the works of the law, but the fruit of the Spirit.
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A question that I have often used to guide a person in considering their own purpose in life is, "For what reason do you take up space on this earth, consume its resources, breathe its air and do so for all the years of your life?" In answering that question, we find ourselves drawn to God's purpose for creating us in the first place. We see several statements in scripture that provide guidance in answering this very complex and profound question. Consider Isaiah 43:7. "Every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him." (read more)
What motivated God to be born incarnate — to become human flesh and blood? As Christmas approaches, you might be asking this Good Question too. But this question and response isn’t just about an abstract theological notion. It’s about the redemption and health of all Creation, including people and our planet. (read more)