I'm excited to share something significant - understanding God's standard for your life. Have you ever wondered why you were created? God has a beautiful plan for you, and He wants to guide you through every step of your life so that you can fulfill your purpose here on earth.
Let's look at what God's standard for your life entails. Our first Scripture in Romans 8:28-29 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters."
*** Essentially, God is saying that He has begun a good work in you and plans to help you become more and more like His Son, Jesus, as you go through life.
The following Scripture we'll explore is found in 1 Corinthians 1:4-9: "I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him, you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore, you do not lack ANY Spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
*** This Scripture reminds us that God has given us all the tools we need to live a life that is pleasing to Him. We are all unique, and we have different gifts and talents that we can use to glorify God.
The third Scripture we'll look at is Philippians 1:6, which says, "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
*** This verse is very similar to the first one we looked at. It reminds us that God is always at work within us, helping us to become the best version of ourselves.
Last, we'll explore James 1:2-4, which says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." This verse reminds us that even when we face difficult times and struggles, God uses those experiences to help us grow and mature.
So, how do we cooperate with God's work in our lives? Romans 12:1-2 tells us that we need to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God and be transformed by renewing our minds.
Ephesians 4:1-3 reminds us to live a life worthy of our calling, humble, gentle, patient, and understanding towards others.
Philippians 2:12-13 teaches us that we need to work hard towards our Salvation, for God works in us to will and act to fulfill His good purpose.
Finally, Colossians 1:10 and 2:6-7 emphasize the importance of living a life rooted and built up in Christ.
In conclusion, God has a beautiful plan for your life, and it involves you becoming more like His Son, Jesus. He is always at work within you, helping you grow and mature. However, you need to cooperate with His work in your life by living a life that is pleasing to Him. This means humbling yourself before God, being patient and understanding towards others, and working hard towards your Salvation. Remember, God loves you so much and wants what is best for you. Trust Him, and let Him lead you into a fulfilling life of purpose and meaning.