by Ricky Smith
Everything I am, everything I ever hope to be is in the hands of God, for He is my Creator and has established my being. This idea is communicated in Deuteronomy 32:6 “ Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?” and again Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” To be part of God’s workmanship implies that I have been made for a reason.
I have been committed to tell students for the past 25 years that they are not a mistake! God has made each individual for a purpose and we are not simply here to occupy space and use air. In 2:10 we learn that we have been created to bring Him glory through action. These are not random acts of kindness, rather God has prearranged action for us to walk in. Consider Colossians 1:10 which reads, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
These are not to be random or one off actions. We are challenged to “walk in them”. Walk with purpose. This idea implies purposeful conduct that carries continuity in action. Consistent behavior over time that repeatedly reflects glory to the Father in the work that God has for us. This is not a purpose that prolongs the self-centered tendencies of man, but purpose that maintains a central focus on the eternal perspective of Kingdom advancement.