Summary: “For each one of us, there is only one thing indispensable; to fulfill our God given purpose, according to His will, to be what God wants us to be, to reach our destiny.” “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives
Pursuing God’s Will and Aligning Our Hearts with the Heart of God
“For each one of us, there is only one thing indispensable; to fulfill our God given purpose, according to His will, to be what God wants us to be, to reach our destiny.”
“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:17)
The visible world we see around us is not the real world. That may come as a shock to many in this materialistic age. We can also add that the body we are presently living in is not our real body. With these two statements we should quickly realize that a great percentage of our efforts in life are being spent chasing after things that are not really real. How sad it is that our time in pursuit of real and lasting things accounts for such a minute fraction of our lifespan on this planet. Everything in this world is important and is placed here to help us understand and proceed to the world that is real. All the things we see were created by a loving God. All these things are vitally important to us, and we must be good stewards of them, but these things do not make up the real and lasting world that we should be seeking.
The Greek philosopher Socrates made this statement:"Oh that someone would arise, man or god, to show us God."In the minds of scholars, here's one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived; and yet he, himself, had beating in his own breast—and he admitted it—oh that god could come in a man and show the world god in human form. Plato, who was one of the great students of Socrates, said, "Unless a god man comes to us and reveals to us the Supreme Being, there is no help or hope." Again, Plato said, “The world will never be set right until the perfect man arises who will be persecuted, buffeted, and tied to a stake and so bring a new righteousness."
Now please take note. Plato did not know about what he was talking, but he almost hit the nail on the head. The pursuit of the Hebrews was idealized and symbolized by light. '"The pursuit of the Greeks was symbolized by knowledge. For the Hebrews, it was light. For the Greeks, it was knowledge. "For the Romans, it was glory. The apostle Paul, a Hebrew by birth, a citizen of Rome, living in a Greek city, had to give to them the ideal of his ethic. And he says this: 'God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness, has caused His light to shine in our hearts, to give to us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus our Lord.' "For the apostle Paul, the ultimate ethic was not an abstraction, not symbolized merely by light, not merely by knowledge, not merely by glory, but in the very face of our Lord. Jesus” so bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ."
Bible says “But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8) One of the greatest truths Prophet Jonah reveals in the scripture is that “Salvation and deliverance belong to the Lord!” (Jonah 2:9b.AMP)
David, the ancient Jewish king , best framed the question in its universal relevance when he addressed it to God:“When I see Your heavens, the works of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is mortal man, that You remember him, And the son of man, that You visit him?”
David's son and successor to the throne, Solomon, received valuable wisdom regarding his father's question. Although he could not answer it, he elegantly identified its source: "God," he wrote in the poem Ecclesiastes, "has placed eternity in men's hearts." Understanding eternity to be "a divinely implanted sense of a purpose," Solomon's statement sheds much light on this mysterious purpose which we are seeking: a God who implants a sense of purpose within man must Himself be a God of purpose. In other words, Solomon's discovery implies what we have always sensed to be true but may not have had words to express: God has an eternal purpose.
What the restlessness in God's heart moved Him to do is almost beyond our power to fathom: God created man as the unique one with whom He would fulfill His purpose. God made us in His image and according to His likeness, similar to Him in every respect. For example, God is love, which is why we have a virtue called love; God is perfect, so we have an aspiration for perfection; God is just, so we have a sense of right and justice. In fact, every one of our positive attributes is a reflection of who and what God is.