ALIGNING WITH PURPOSE I

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“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.”
Isaiah 46:10-11 NIV

As a believer, your greatest discovery is the discovery of God’s purpose.

He has a purpose. His purpose is that you know Him and help others do the same. This is only made possible by salvation. However, this purpose is a gradually unfolding one.

There is the plan of salvation, the consummation of salvation and the announcement of salvation.

Salvation centres around the person and work of Christ Jesus. The plan of salvation precedes its consummation and the consummation precedes the announcement thereof. This is what we mean when we say it’s a gradually unfolding one.

Aligning with purpose means being instrumental in seeing that one of these three concept is a reality. This alignment is either by sovereign selection or personal alignment.

For example Abraham aligned with God’s eternal purpose by God’s sovereign selection. It was God who sovereignly chose Abraham to fulfil his divine plan. God was the one who reached out.

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Genesis 12:1-3

It was through his lineage God chose that the Christ would come. Hence, Abraham was instrumental in fulfilling God’s plan for mankind.

This is why Abraham’s great grandson Joseph was blessed. Not because the Christ would come through him, Christ didn’t come through his lineage. But because he would be instrumental in preserving Judah, his elder brother, the one through whom Christ would come.

“And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
Genesis 45:7

This is why the Angel called Mary blessed. She was sovereignly chosen to facilitate the incarnation. This is why Joseph and his family experienced supernatural security. God’s purpose had to come to fruition. They were responsible for welfare of the ‘child’ Jesus.

Jesus is not left out. Jesus, the very definition of God’s purpose enjoyed unlimited supply and direction simply because He was aligned to the purpose of the Father.

With all these in mind, the question remains – “What does it mean to align with God’s purpose in our day?”

We’ll examine that tomorrow.

“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.”
Isaiah 46:10-11 NIV

As a believer, your greatest discovery is the discovery of God’s purpose.

He has a purpose. His purpose is that you know Him and help others do the same. This is only made possible by salvation. However, this purpose is a gradually unfolding one.

There is the plan of salvation; The consummation of salvation; And the announcement of salvation.

The salvation plan centres around the person and work of Christ Jesus. it precedes consummation and the consummation precedes the announcement thereof. This is what we mean when we say it’s a gradually unfolding one.

Aligning with purpose means being instrumental in seeing that one of these three concepts is a reality.

God in his sovereignty created a structure for the initiation, fulfillment and announcement of the salvation plan. All that man needed to do, was to believe God and align with his plan.

Below are examples of people who God in his sovereignty chose to be instrumental in the actualisation of the salvation plan.
We see that all they needed to do was align with God’s plan, and leave the rest to God who ensured that this plan came to pass, providing whatever was needed.

For example Abraham aligned with God’s eternal purpose by God’s sovereign selection. It was God who sovereignly chose Abraham to fulfil his divine plan. God was the one who reached out.

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Genesis 12:1-3

It was through his lineage God chose that the Christ would come. Hence, Abraham was instrumental in fulfilling God’s plan for mankind.

This is why Abraham’s great grandson Joseph was blessed. Not because the Christ would come through him, Christ didn’t come through his lineage. But because he would be instrumental in preserving Judah, his elder brother, the one through whom Christ would come.

“And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
Genesis 45:7

This is why the Angel called Mary blessed. She was sovereignly chosen to facilitate the incarnation. This is why Joseph and his family experienced supernatural security. God’s purpose had to come to fruition. They were responsible for welfare of the ‘child’ Jesus.

Jesus is not left out. Jesus, the very definition of God’s purpose enjoyed unlimited supply and direction simply because He was aligned to the purpose of the Father.

With all these in mind, the question remains – “What does it mean to align to God’s purpose in our day?”

  • We’ll examine that tomorrow.

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