I have discovered the “secret” to God’s plan for your life. No, this isn’t going to be a corny joke about Drake’s song.
And no, this isn’t a click-bait title. In fact, I’m going to tell you the answer right now instead of making you wait and have to read the entire thing before seeing what the answer is. Because we all know articles like that and they are the absolute worst.
So are you ready?
Here it is.
God’s purpose for your life is to give God glory.
You’re probably totally disappointed in that answer. But it is true.
So here’s my evidence.
Genesis 12:1-3 and 1 Corinthians 10:31
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3
God has, is, and will always be a God of blessing. Since the beginning, Genesis 1, God blesses what He created. This has been His plan all along. And in Genesis 12 He says to Abram, who becomes Abraham, “I will bless you.” Which is the nice part that everybody wants. But it’s not the full picture. God continues and says “so that you will be a blessing.” And then God reinforces this idea by stating “IN YOU all the families of the earth shall be blessed (emphasis mine).” While God is speaking this specifically to Abraham, the truth that we can pull from is that as part of this family under Christ we are to also bless others. We see this theme pop up all over the New Testament. 2 Corinthians 9:11 ““You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” (ESV). God enriches people to be generous. 1 Peter 3:9 says don’t get revenge but instead bless. Other references are James 1:27, Romans 12:13, Galatians 6:2, and Luke 6:38.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
There is freedom in our abilities to bless others. Do you find it perplexing that when we are presented an opportunity, we ask is this what God wants for me especially after it had been something we had been praying for? We pray for our daily needs as Jesus says in Matthew 6. But then when we what we are praying for falls into our lap, we pray again and wait for a sign that this IS from God. I wonder if this distinctly a western Christian thing. Here is what usually happens:
Us: “God, I need a job. Please bless me with a job opportunity…”
Job: “Hi, we want to hire you.”
Us: “Okay I’ll give you a response soon.”
Also us: “Everyone, be praying for me, I don’t know if this is God’s will.”
Do you see how crazy that sounds? As if God did not already have His hand in that? For us, we are not going to know every little detail of where God wants us to be. And it is not something that we need to be stressing over. We are given freedom in choices and in those choices we are to give glory to God. Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
So there you go. I’m not going to end this with some beautifully worded soliloquy. I want to spell it out plainly.
God’s plan for your life is to be a blessing to others at every juncture of your life for His glory.