Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Four Meaningful God Designations

The Son of God was revealed for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
— 1 JOHN 3:8B (NRSV)
Our purpose, here on Earth, is to support the purpose for which the Son was revealed: to destroy the works of evil. We are God-anointed, God-planted, God-appointed, God-granted:
God-anointed — God-planted,
God-appointed — God-granted,
There’s a role, an occasion, a season,
There’s a purpose, and always a reason.
Let’s not doubt our meaning for being here.
Each of us is anointed, planted, appointed, and granted daily:
þ     Anointed to do what God has purposed we do.
þ     Planted right where we are — for a reason.
þ     Appointed to life/our lives — to an occasion.
þ     Granted a role in the building of God’s Kingdom.
We are anointed to do all we can do – or, more to the point, all that nobody else can do but us. Although God doesn’t need us human beings, he has chosen us for a purpose. We will never know our purpose until we search for it. The purpose of our lives is to find our purpose and to do what we, of ourselves, are anointed to do; as was predestined from the beginning. We are not anointed for one thing, but to many things.
We, whether we like it or despise it, have been planted in our lives for a reason. It’s understandable that some of us hate our lives; we detest what we’ve been through, and we may even dislike who we are.
But we, with the knowledge of God, have everything we need to put things straight, and to work from where we are, satisfied and content, for the Kingdom of God. The purpose being, there is no other purpose that makes sense, because we are where we are – and nothing will change that fact.
We have been appointed to an occasion – the present moment.
Every moment is an occasion of eternal significance, even though just about every occasion has no significance apart from eternity. As in taking up a position, we have been appointed by God to the day.
It is up to us to make the most of it.
We have been granted a role in the building up of the Kingdom; in the building up of solitary beings; and, in the support of teams and groups we have natural allegiances with.
Being anointed, planted, appointed, and granted is sufficient to spark joy and every sense of hopefulness from within us. Life is rich with meaning when we understand these concepts. We may never believe the depth of that purpose until we realise we are anointed to, planted in, appointed for, and granted life.
© 2013 S. J. Wickham.

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