even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. (Ephesians 1:4 ESV)
I absolutely love the book of Ephesians, especially the first chapter because it solidifies who we are in Christ and what our purpose is here on earth. I see clearly how many Christians are so wrapped up in their ministries, their projects, selling their books, trying to become financially independent, getting their businesses to become prosperous, etc., and trust me, I’m not saying that anything is wrong with those things. However, we CANNOT and we MUST NOT lose sight of what our God-ordained purpose is as believers individually and as the body of Christ collectively.
Paul clearly states that we have been selected before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him. God instituted a plan before the foundation of the world to reconcile humanity and creation to himself – holy and blameless. What does this mean? It means simply that it was his plan from the very beginning to save humanity, it wasn’t a mere afterthought after the fall of man in Genesis 3 – it was THE PLAN from the beginning. God always had the blueprint sketched out in blood to redeem mankind. With this plan his whole purpose was to have his ekklesia, his called out, separated and sanctified children to participate in his plan by sharing the Good News of the Gospel to ALL NATIONS so that they would glorify and magnify HIM. If his people are holy (exclusively in righteous relationship with Him and morally pure) and blameless (bringing all glory and honor to HIS name -operating under the moving of the Holy Spirit and free from the guilt of our sins), then they are fulfilling His purpose for them.
I applaud everyone who is working in the kingdom, promoting projects and books and ministries that are designed to uplift the Kingdom of God. However, I want to admonish all of us not to forget that the blueprint makes clear that our purpose is intricately connected to His divine purpose – to let the world know that His desire is for all men to be saved.
We cannot afford to live recklessly, to live raggedly, or be self-absorbed; nor can we afford wasting time on things that are not God-ordained. There are so many people who are lost and on their way to hell and they need to know about the saving love of Jesus Christ. Our projects are good, our ministries are great, our books are wonderful, but if we are not fulfilling the Great Commission, we are a broken and tattered body of believers who are not fulfilling the purpose that was given to us by our Father.
The plan has been set, the vision has been cast, now it’s time for the execution: you’ve got the playbook- what are you doing with it?
c/ Candie A. Price