My friend was diagnosed with cancer a week ago. And you know what she said to me? “Pray for God's glory,” she said. Her response was sobering. "Yes, God's glory! And a miracle!" I thought. Unfortunately, cancer is a beast she's familiar with. Years ago she battled it, to its defeat. She knows what the word “cancer” entails. Her memories bear many scars of suffering.
And yet, God's glory is at the forefront of her mind. But why?
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”
Ephesians 1:11-12, NIV
My friend knows her purpose. She's lived it all along, and giving God the glory continues to be her ambition—yes, even in uncertain, hard times.
What about you though? Do you live like you know what your purpose is?
“For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10, NIV
Every Christian is purposed for the praise of God's glory, (Ephesians 1:6, 1:12, 1:14). Good works are about glorifying our Holy God. Perhaps God is calling you to a good work that only he and you will ever know about. A work that is intangible to the church body. A work of leaning into his good sovereignty and the circumstances he's allowed in your life. A work to worship him. A work that continually chooses to stop asking “why” questions and asks “what” questions instead. The kind of questions you pray with open hands and say, “What do you want to show me, God?” or “What would glorify you the most, God?”
Knowing your purpose changes everything. It does for my friend. I hope it does for you too.
“'You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.'”
Revelation 4:11, NIV
This week begins the 6-week study on Ephesians. Please click here to download the reading guide for week 1 and 2. Complete it at your leisure. Every reading guide is intended for individual Bible study.
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