Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion…”
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
I want to thank all of the readers that have been following this purpose series and I pray that you’ve been taught, strengthened, and encouraged thus far. To those that are just now tuning in, welcome! Please review the last few posts to this series title, “The Secret to Your Life: On Purpose, For Purpose, With Purpose.”
Last week, we began our first point to this series by discussing living on purpose. I discussed how God is purposeful and there are no accidents with Him, including you and your life. I discussed His perfect timing and how in order to best understand and serve Him, we must move according to the way that He does. This week we’ll be talking about living for purpose.
To live for purpose or for a purpose is to live for God, in simple terms. When mankind was created, we weren’t created for decoration but for purpose. Firstly, we were created to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father and secondly, we were created to have dominion. Both, however, got messed up when allowed sin to enter the world. So, our relationship and purpose was broken and could only be reconciled by one way, through one person whom had both a perfect relationship and purpose, which is Jesus Christ. There were many along the way that God could have and tried to use, in order to, fix what was broken but none of them could reconcile us because they were just as flawed as we were. We made sacrifice after sacrifice and all we ended up with was religion but not true relationship and permanent remission of our sins. So God sent His only Son, whom was perfect, once and for all, in order to, rebuild what we had broken. What a great Father He is!
Through the blood of Jesus Christ, we’re reconciled back to the beginning of time, back to the Garden of Eden, and back to God. We’re back to having an eternal relationship and a purpose through Him. Dominion is restored back to our lives because the same power that Christ has has been given to us by His Spirit (Luke 10:19). But, we tend to look outwardly for our purpose, instead of inwardly towards the Holy Spirit in us. We believe that we live for our jobs, our careers, our families, our relationships, our marriages, and money but we only live for the One who has given us life and everything in it.
“For of Him and through Him and to Him are ALL things”
Anything that you could ever want or need God has. It may come in the form of a career or money but security and provision comes from God. It may come in the form of loved ones and spouses but love IS God and only comes from Him. It may come in the form of a vacation but peace and rest comes from Him alone. Living for purpose is living for the One in which all things come from. Living for a purpose is living according to the design in which God created you, to have both relationship and dominion.
I want to leave you with this: there is nothing that you want that God doesn’t have. We didn’t create ourselves and what we did created on earth God gave us the skills and resources to develop. The only reason we’re creators is because we’re made in the image of a Creator. The only reason we want to provide is because we’re made in the image of a Provider. The only reason we try to make peace and love is because we’re made in the image of a Father who is peaceful and loving. You were created for purpose and God is that purpose that you’ve been looking for. You were created for a purpose and that purpose is to know Him and have dominion over the powers of darkness on this earth that are trying to steal from your life, kill you, and destroy your purpose and identity.
In all of your ways, acknowledge Him because everything comes from Him, through Him, and should be returned back to Him. Your body, your soul, your spirit, and all of your possessions on earth belong to God and He only wants to use them for your good and for His glory.