Destiny: Not What You Do, But Who You Become!
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ as you read this article. May He give us understanding.”
The Apostle Paul concludes his two letters to the Corinthians with these words:
- 2 Corinthians 13:11-14 (11) Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (12) Greet one another with a holy kiss. (13) All the saints greet you. (14) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
Notice the words in verse 11 “become complete”. The KJV says “Be perfect”. Other versions say “Be perfected”. The Greek word translated here is a word that means to be in the process of becoming perfect (complete). It is not yet a finished work. We are a work in progress.
There is only one way to become complete – that is in Christ!
- Colossians 2:9-10 For in Him (in Christ) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; (10) and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
In verse 10 the Greek word “complete” means “filled to the full”. The more we allow the life of Jesus to fill us, the more we become like Him. The more we become like Him, the more we become complete. And the more we become complete, the more we become what God created us to become.
- Romans 8:28-29 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (29) For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, ……
Our destiny is to be conformed to the image of Christ. God is committed to forming Christ in us. In His infinite wisdom God uses all things that are happening in our life to work toward this end. Those who understand the call of God (see the article The Invitation) know God is using all things to fulfill His purpose.
It is the life of Christ being lived in us that first changes us and then His life through us changes the world.
- Romans 5:8-10 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (10) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
OUR MISSION IN LIFE IS NOT WHAT WE DO; IT IS WHO WE BECOME!
It is not what you do that makes you a true follower of Christ. Look at what these people did:
- Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (22) Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' (23) And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Notice the expression: “I never knew you.” With that in mind listen to Jesus:
- John 10:14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
- John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
The most important questions are: 1.) Do I know Jesus? 2.) Does Jesus know me?
Are we getting to know Jesus better day by day? If we are growing in our relationship with Him, then:
OUR MISSION IN LIFE IS WHAT WE DO AS WE ARE BECOMING LIKE HIM.
Christ in us is the key to a significant life.
- Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- Colossians 1:27 …. Christ in you, the hope of glory.
- Galatians 2:20 …... Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
If you “do” without “becoming”, you will miss the purpose of God for your life. It is what you do while you are “becoming” that changes this world.
- Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
OUR MISSION IN LIFE IS TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP
WITH THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
- 2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
IN BECOMING LIKE CHRIST WE SERVE.
For Coaches of the Significant life: One of our objectives as a significant life coach is to help the coachee differentiate between “doing” and “being”. Most people believe their mission in life is what they do. Technically this is true; however, we cannot do life correctly unless we are becoming what God intends for us to become. [Example: You cannot properly wire a house until you become an electrician.] Our mission in life is to “become” who He created us to become so we can “do” what He created us to do. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”