2 Tim.1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
This, to me, is one of the most important scriptures in the Bible as far as understanding your calling. God has saved you and called you. That means, if you are born again, you are called. You cannot stand before Jesus one day and say, "I was never called." He saved you and called you, according to His own purpose and grace.
You are not here by accident. You have a destiny in God to fulfill, and you must find out your purpose by seeking God. Then, you become the deciding factor in fulfilling that purpose. It was the God-ordained, God-destined time for the children of Israel to go into the Promised Land when God took them there from Egypt. However, because of doubt and unbelief, they missed their purpose in life.
For forty years, the Israelites walked in circles in the wilderness until all of the males older than twenty had died. People with no purpose tend to walk in circles, blaming their failures on God or someone else. They walk until they dig holes for themselves. Then, many times, they die full of bitterness, mad at other people and God.
Joshua and Caleb, the only two men of that generation who lived to see the Promised Land, were of a different spirit. They knew they had a purpose and a call on their lives and that by faith in God they could possess the land.
It is sad that Joshua and Caleb had to wait forty years to take what rightfully belonged to them. They could have been enjoying their destiny, but they had to wait because of the whining and complaining of others.
Our text verse says that God's purpose and grace were given to us in Christ before the world ever began. God knew who you were before you were born. Before He ever said, "Light be," He knew you in His omnipotent mind. Never doubt that He has a purpose for you. You were born into this generation at this particular time for a reason. Once you know that reason, follow the example of Joshua and Caleb and go forth to possess the land God has for you.
Confession: I will witness and bring people to the Lord, I am a "Zoe" man or woman of God
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Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.