You Are Not Your Own

The purpose of your life is not to be lived for yourself but for the glory of God. Every person has been created for a purpose. Yet very many never understand what God’s purpose is for them. They never commit themselves to seek the Lord to find out or to accomplish it. If you or a child of God, you have been bought and paid for by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord is now in control of your destination, follow Him.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

But now thus says the LORD, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

You may go here or there, decide and choose to do this or that. You may make plans, develop ideas, and pursue your own ambitions and dreams. But the Lord ultimately has a better plan for your life. Those who allow God to determine their direction and destination will be much farther ahead and eternally blessed in the end. That is if you will allow Him, He will institute His better plan and purpose for your life.

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

As well, it is the Lord Jesus who establishes nations and peoples. It is God who sets up kings and rulers and the Spirit of the Lord that either brings prosperity or destruction to every plan, ambition, and motivation of all the peoples under the heavens.

He makes nations great, and He destroys them; He enlarges nations and leads them away. Job 12:23

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him. To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.” Daniel 2:20-23

As a follower of Jesus Christ, it is in Him that you live. It is for Him that you are alive. It is from Him that you gain your strength, wisdom, and understanding. It is according to His will that you must live; following, obeying, and work for His kingdom. Not striving to do as your own heart desires or what you devise in your own heart. Because of His love, He has saved you from death and destruction. Now He is your king and you are His servant. Follow Him.  

In Him we live and move and have our being; Acts 17:28

The point of all this is that God desires you to give up your life to obey Him. That He has a much better purpose than any plan you could ever come up with. So seek the Lord in everything you do. In every idea, task, and direction you believe you should go or accomplish. Seek to be cleansed from unrighteousness and sin so that you will not be led astray by any deceitful spirit or the desires of your own flesh. 

Desire to be filled by His Holy Spirit that you may hear and know His will. Be willing to stop your forward motion if He closes the door in your way. It is not wise to fight against the will of the Lord, striving and chasing after dreams He never intended for you to pursue. He will open the doors that are best for you.

I encourage you to understand this and take it to heart. Many times His ways are very hard and difficult. They bring with them struggles, pains, and afflictions that will press hard upon your will to endure. But they are always for your good, to fulfill His will in your life. Nothing that is great is ever accomplished by taking the easy way out. As Jesus said, the broad road is easy, yet leads to destruction, the narrow road that I lead you will be full of trouble but brings great reward. 

“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” Acts 14:22

Paul often told others to follow his example because He followed the Lord with pure faithfulness and knew His reward would be great. Even though he had to endure very great and difficult trials. If you seek the Lord like Paul did your reward will be great as well.

Never will He lead His children down the wrong path or make a mistake or error. But everything will happen according to His perfect will, purpose, and plan. He sees ahead of everything like none other. He sees the big picture from beginning to end. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him. He knows the how, the what, and the why for each and every event. 

Trust Jesus completely and totally. Though you may look foolish to the world. You are actually very wise to follow Him by faith, and walk close behind Him into the unknown. Because His path is more secure and established than the mightiest of all mountains is secure and unmovable to the creatures that set foot upon them. Always remember, God’s ways are the best ways. Even if you do not understand what is going on. He does and will abundantly bless those who follow Him by faith.

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:32-39

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