For many Christians, salvation is wholly about going to heaven. This is what we are taught in churches. It is what our denominations preach. In fact, there was a time in church history when people were encouraged to embrace martyrdom as a means of getting out of the misery of this current world. Churches spend so much time focused on how to help people ESCAPE the earth and go to heaven. Methinks this is a case of misplaced priority.
Our salvation is not primarily about going to heaven. Dr Myles Munroe wrote:
Heaven should not be our passion or ultimate goal but rather, the bringing of heaven to Earth.
I am convinced that this is what the pursuit of Purpose is about. God has a plan to recolonize the earth and your purpose is a part of that plan. Our priority should be to engage the world. We should be more concerned about repossessing the earth for God’s kingdom than we are for going to heaven.
The balance is in learning to live our lives with eternity in view. This I believe is the key to living fully to die empty. Rick Warren says that actually Purpose prepares us for eternity.
The Scripture is clear about the fact that good works don’t save. No man is good enough to save himself. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. However, the Scripture is clear also about the fact that we are saved for good works. In other words, we are saved to do good works. We are not saved by good works but for good works. Good works are the human response to the grace of God.
No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. Eph. 2:10 (MSG)
These good works for which we are saved are clearly for the Earth and not heaven. If they were for heaven, God ought to take us away from here as soon as we are saved! It is my perception that, good works, in the context it is used here, can be substituted for our Kingdom Purposes without any contradiction.
I want to share 5 attributes of the good works for which we are saved. I believe understanding them would give you deeper insight into your specific Kingdom Purpose.
The good works for which we are saved are predetermined. They have been prepared for us to do long before we came to the scene. We don’t decide what works are good for us. We discover them. Why are you standing idle in the market place when your creator has prepared for you works to do long before you were formed?
Because our good works are predetermined, we understand that they are specific and not general. Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles was as good as Peter’s ministry to the Jews. While Paul planted, Apollos watered. All are good works, but they are only good if done by the person for whom they were prepared. You have to find your place and fit in!
#3. RELATIVE TO POTENTIAL
God says He has prepared good works for us to do long before we were born. That must mean that we have the potential to do those good works.
“Why is it that he gives us these special abilities to do certain things best? It is that [WE] God’s people will be equipped to do better work for him…” Eph.4:12 (emphasis mine)
Sin only hindered our ability to both do the good works and to release our potentials. With sin out of the way by Jesus’ grace unto salvation, we are free to do these good works and maximise our potentials
#4. TIME BOUND
Jesus said that a time comes when no man can work. This means that you must understand time to do good works. You don’t have all the time to do purpose. You must get to work now while it is day. I join Toby Mac to ask you: “if you gotta start sometime, why not now?”
Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. 1 Cor 3:13-14 MSG.
God says that there will be an inspection of your service. There will be a reward for the good works that we do. God help us that we get to hear “Well done my faithful servant.”
God says He doesn’t miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it.
Have you discovered the predetermined good works for which you were saved? How faithful have you been with them? Or are you busy looking for heaven when your society is thirsty for the Kingdom of God inside of you? How good are your works?
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