“With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” Eph. 1:8b-10. (NIV)
On Monday I wrote about the importance of living our life with the end in mind. I suggested imagining what it would take to live your life in such a manner that when you stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, you will hear the Lord say to you… “Well done good and faithful servant.”
To help gain clarity on what it would take to live that kind of life, we first need to understand what God’s will is.
Paul gives us insight into God’s ultimate purpose in today’s verses. He tells us that God’s will is to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
The Father’s ultimate will is for two things.
The Father desires to bring unity to all things in heaven and earth.
The Father desires to place that unity under the authority of Christ.
It hasn’t fully occurred yet…but it will eventually happen.
That’s why He gave us the Great Commission in Mt. 28:19,20. We are each to play a part in making disciples of all of the nations, so that those predestined to be followers of Jesus can be united under His authority.
To the extent that we align ourselves with God’s plan, we will hear the words we desire from Jesus.
To the extent we live our lives for ourselves, we will fail to hear those special words.
We must always remember that this life is not about us…it’s about God’s will.
But God does not view us as His slaves. In fact, earlier in this same chapter Paul tells us we are God’s adopted children.
We have a special relationship with the Father, and like most parents, He has plans for us.
As our life moves forward, our relationship with God should deepen, and His plan for us will unfold.
It is a process…learned and lived.
Prayer: Lord help me grow in my dependence on You so that I will live according to Your plan.