Chosen Before Time
“In him we have obtained an inheritance
(a destiny- we were claimed by God as his own),
having been predestined
(chosen in advance, appointed before time)
according to the purpose of him who works all things
(everything in heaven and on earth)
according to the council of his will
(his divine plan and design).“
He chose us in advance since before the beginning of time for his divine plan and design. Our human purpose is to be an instrument for his design, which is to unite all things in heaven and on earth within him.
Everyday we touch upon heaven and earth at the same time. We know that heaven touches upon earth as we experience all the beauty and magic of life; cherishing loved ones, radiant sunsets and all of creations beauty, a child’s laughter, expression of art, locally grown foods and so much more. Life on earth can be rich and full of blessings. Still, we know that heaven does not reign on earth ~yet~ because earth is also full of war, suffering and broken people with sinful intentions and actions.
God deeply desires to work in and through us to bring heaven’s reign on earth. This means eternal love, joy, peace and equality amongst ALL beings!
Every intricate detail of your character, and all that you love and are passionate about was created for the design and purpose of God himself < Take a moment to meditate on this sentence.
You were created and chosen before time for his will.
Before the stars and the moon were created, you were chosen.
Our entire being was created to:
- Be in relationship with him. (a deeply intimate relationship)
- Glorify him. (live out his glory brighter then the rising sun)
- Praise him. (sing, dance, worship, be full of thankfulness towards him)
- Work alongside him. (leading a life that unites everything within him, in heaven & on earth)
- Share his love. (radiating his love in every direction)
We all have this similar purpose, but we carry out this purpose differently through our personal destiny. Since before the beginning of time God created us uniquely from one child to another. When he was forming us in our mother’s womb, he tended to us with specific care and intention in our design, along with the timing at which he was birthing us into this world. He carefully and beautifully knit together our soul like a an exquisite piece of art. What a caring, detail orientated God. “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered ( he created and knows every inch of your design).” Matthew 10:30. If you think about it, he could have easily created each of his children similarly. So why didn’t he?
He created each of us uniquely out of his own image. This means that every child has been created from the diverse and unique character of God. Meditating on this in more depth, if you think about all of the diverse personalities and characters of human beings you can truly get lost in counting the amount of differences between one person to the next. Although there are many similarities amongst one another, you will find that there are more traits in each individual that set them apart. If you have children or work with children, you notice certain tendencies they have from a very early age. Some are shy and hidden, others are natural born leaders and love the spotlight. He created each of us specifically and uniquely.
“I will give thanks and praise to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are your works, my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
When I was being formed in secret,
And intricately and skillfully formed ( as if embroidered with many colors)
in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in your book were all written
The days that were appointed for me,
When as yet there was not one of them” Psalm 139: 14-16
If we were all truly created in the image of God, then God’s truest self and image must be the most diverse, most beautiful and spectacular being we could ever set our eyes upon to witness! I personally visualize every color of the rainbow, every precious gem, every mountain, valley, ocean and desert radiating all within and around him. He is all things, all beings in one mighty, wonderful God! This means that he not only created us uniquely from himself, but that he can also understand and have compassion with each one of us because we came from him. Even more powerfully, as believers we are daily being woven and shaped into the image of his son Jesus. Our earthly self dies off, while our renewed spiritual self springs fourth!
“For those he foreknew (loved and chosen beforehand), He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many believers.” Romans 8:29
We Are His Workmanship
If God truly is so wonderful and diverse in every way, then why doesn’t he simply follow through with his plan and purpose for all of time on his own? Why does he desire to partner with us instead? For his word says that he chose us in advance for his purposes.
He chose to intricately create a destiny for us that will fulfill our souls AND fulfill his plan to unite ALL things in heaven and on earth within him. He has chosen to set us apart, and to partner with him in his great plans to restore the glory of heaven on earth!
“For we are his workmanship (his own master work, a work of art)
created in Christ Jesus (reborn from above- spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used)
for good works which God prepared (for us) beforehand (taking paths which he set),
so that we would walk in them (living the good life which he prearranged and made ready for us.”
He chose us because he LOVES working through us to accomplish his plans while simultaneously fulfilling our hearts with passion, purpose and joy! As he works through us as instruments, we learn to surrender to his guidance and calling for our lives. Surrendering our entire selves over to God can be difficult, but is it his greatest hearts desire. The reward of surrender is the hidden treasure we are all searching for. Letting go of control of our own lives is key. Trusting our past, present and future into his hands is the beginning of surrender.
Love is The Purpose
It is here in our surrender and obedience (steps of faith in action toward our destiny) that he is able to guide us deeper into his presence until we fall deeply in love with him.
This is why God chooses to partner with us. If he chose to carry out his plans alone, then how and when would we engage in an intimate relationship with him? How would we fall in love with him? As we seek our God given destiny we soon realize that we cannot accomplish life alone, instead we realize that we need him. Our need for him turns into a desire to know him, rest in him, praise him and finally fall in love with him. Everything he does for us and with us is to bond us closer to his heart.
From this place his love changes us from the inside out. His love in us and for us inspires all those around us to his heart. By living in our God given destiny we naturally shine and share his love to everyone we know.
Life is richer in his love!
Life is richer when we obey, and live in the life God has called us to!
You are intricately and extraordinarily created by God for a divine purpose that he predestined for you since before the beginning of time. There is no one else created like you, or created to do the things that only YOU can accomplish.
Seek his heart. Ask him to reveal your destiny to you. Ask him to reveal the beauty and uniqueness of your design to you.
Don’t be afraid of what lies ahead, simply trust in him today. He will guide you one day at a time. Remember, he is the one who created you. He knows your thoughts, feelings and experiences more deeply then any one being on this earth. Trust that he knows how to guide you best. You are in his good and faithful hands. He will never make a promise to you he cannot keep. He is excited to walk hand and hand with you on your destined path.
Reflection & Study
Questions for personal prayer & meditation:
- Am I on God’s destined path for my life?
- Do I believe that God has a unique destiny for my life? What is holding me back from following after my destiny?
- What are my greatest passions? What are the things I love to do most?
Pray & fast: The Lent season begins this week, March 6th. This is a powerful time to set aside your desires and seek God. Ask him to reveal your destiny to you during this time. As him to speak to you in prayer, through visions, journaling, music etc. However he desires to speak to you, be attune and ready to listen. He loves you and is ready to reveal to you the mystery of his will!
Prayer: Practice surrender by asking him to let his will to be done in all areas of your life. Ask him to reveal to you where you are not allowing his will to be done through disobedience to his call. Dig deeper to learn where the root of your disobedience is coming from; fear, doubt, pride etc.
Scripture of meditation: Ephesians 1: 9-11 “Making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined (chosen in advance, appointed before time) according to the purpose of him who works all things (everything in heaven and on earth) according to the council of his will (his divine plan).”
Further reading: Ephesians, chapter 1-4