As important as it is to love others, and build them up with our gentle and encouraging words, it is important for us to also love ourselves as God created us. Believe in the beauty that the Lord can shine through us. You have a life WORTH living! He made each of us with a purpose according to His divine plan.
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be
completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with
one another in love.” Ephesians 4:1-2 NIV
Now, maybe you are still searching for your purpose. Waiting…wondering… all the while God may very well be shaping and developing you. It can be so frustrating as a human who simply cannot understand how God works all the time. What am I supposed to do, Lord? What am I supposed to BE? I will go deeper into this topic at another time; about purpose. For now, REST in understanding the simplicity of this verse:
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV
You were created by God! He is glad. He is joyful that He made you with all your abilities, talents, and even quirks that make you…YOU! You are His “handiwork” that He created in Jesus “to do good works”. These works God had planned for you long ago. He will use you when it is time…when you are ready… and it will be BEAUTIFUL.
So until then, put your faith, trust, and hope in Him. He created the vast universe, after all! And if you trust Him with your soul’s eternity, then how much easier it should be to trust Him with our earthly bodies and temporary lives! Surrender to His plan and daily live within His commandments. Ask the Holy Spirit’s guidance for every decision in every moment! If you surrender and obey, He will bless you.
“in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:6 NIV
Some people have passed this area in their lives. They know what they are supposed to do! They have heard God’s gentle, yet powerful voice. Praise God for that! However, for some of us, we doubt. It seems much too difficult so we have fear. We doubt ourselves… our ability, our strength, our capacity to fulfill our God-given purpose.
Wait a minute…
If this is God’s plan for you, then why do you doubt? If He knows all that was and is to come, then surely He knows you can succeed at the plan He created for you. Not by your own strength, but through HIM, by HIS strength, and by HIS utmost capacity to fulfill His purpose for you.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Recently, I heard a pastor’s sermon about fear and faith, and his words have stuck with me. He said, “Where there is faith, there is no fear!” Amen to that! That means if you truly have faith in the God of this universe, the God who knows all that was and is to come, the God that wins in the “end”… then there is NO room for fear. There is NO room for doubt.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we
ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”
Ephesians 3:20 NIV
Wow, I love that verse. He can do so much more than you can ever imagine, or dream up, for your own life. If you are living within His will, He is at work within you.
If you simply surrender to His plan for your life, whether you have discovered it or not, then He will equip you.
Surrender! Put your faith and trust in Him, and not in yourself. God does NOT, and will NOT, fail. Ever.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Proverbs 19:21 NIV