Something Within You is Being Called Out by Eternity!
Something Within You is Being Called Out By Eternity!
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16).
Welcome back and good day to you all of you my dear brothers and sisters. Everything and all things belong to our God and we give all the honor, all the glory to our Lord and King forever and ever and evermore.
It is good to talk to you once again on this second week of February. So, tell me. How was your week last week? Have you been taking steps to get back on your life journey and continue what you were born to do? Time flies by when we are busy in our journey. How are you doing? I know some are busy with raising their kids, work, and more in our everyday lives. Yes, of course life is not easy. No one said it was going to be easy. But with Christ, we can do all things through Him who strengthen us. In the midst of it all, we continue with our love in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Let’s never lose that focus in what we do! I take my hat off to you for being a faithful servant of the King. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this encouragement. I am going to give what I pray are some words of wisdom and then I will return to vision to finish out our journey this week.
First, I want to ask a few questions so I can have a conversation with you and share some thoughts that will help us think of life and how we can look at it from the point of strengthening our relationship with our Lord and Savior. When you think about life, what is the key to life? Is love the real key? Is life just an accident? What about your existence? Is it just like being a part of the living dead?
As I stated before, the greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without purpose. Take for instance, if you conducted a sidewalk poll in any city, anywhere in the world, and asked people what they thought was the key to life. With that question, you would get many different answers. Some say the key to life is to make as much money as you can, as quickly as you can, and to hold onto it as long as you can. To some that is true because that is what they have been taught by either their parents or society itself.
Others instead would see gaining political power and influence as the key to life. I am sure that one of the most common answers by some others is that love would be their key. It is also important to note that still yet others would say that there is no key to life, because life to them is an accident; it just happened and therefore has no key or significance.
The truth is, most people do not know the key to life. That is my point. This is why so many people live tragic lives - they don’t know why they are here. Even when you ask them, they do not have any clue about how to make their time on this earth count for something worthwhile. Their existence is, in many ways, a kind of “living dead”, because life without any purpose is not really life at all.
So, let’s ask the question again. What is the key to life?
The key to life is you finding out your true purpose and living it. Oh, I know the word purpose has been almost over-used in recent years. Many think they understand it, but I wish to advise you that it is the most essential component in life that has never and can never be exhausted. So, let me sum this all up in four statements that all relate to purpose. These are the four keys to understanding the difference between a purpose-filled life and a life with no meaning.
As I asked those questions above, you can see that the greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without a purpose. There are so many people today that are obsessed with finding ways to prolong their lives. They are so caught up with trying to live longer that they never stop to consider why they are living at all. They just drift from one day to the next without purpose, with untapped potential and un-fulfilled dreams; this is for many a fate worse than death. I know you are nodding your head right now, because you agree with me. Let’s move on to vision and talk about it where we left off last week.
The question that I want to ask right now is, do you sense that cry? Do you feel that you were born to do something with your life? I know almost all of you that are reading do. Even if it was never expressed or asked of you by anyone. Why? Because that feeling and that longing, that burden, comes from God. It is God who placed a responsible urge in your heart because of His purpose for you.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.” Oh my word. That is a very powerful statement! Again, I want to remind you that there is something in you that is being called out by eternity. Unless we have turned a deaf ear to it, every day we wake up hearing a call that comes from outside of this world.
We know that we live in time and space, but time and space are connected to eternity. God has put something into your heart that calls the unseen into the seen. So the vision that God has put in your heart is a piece of eternity, and He gave you that piece to deliver in earth’s time and space during your lifetime.
Moreover, what God put into your heart is also what is in His own heart. I think this is what the Bible means when it talks about “deep calling unto deep.” (Psalm 42:7).
So therefore, God has done something awesome. We know that He lives in eternity, and yet He has specifically placed you in time so that others on earth will be able to see from you a piece of eternity that is in Him. That is some revelation!
On the other hand, it is that piece of eternity that makes you uncomfortable or dissatisfied with your present life, because you are not yet manifesting in your purpose.
So the third key to understanding your vision is realizing that not only has your purpose been given to you to manifest, but it has also been completed in eternity. I was reading and studying recently, and the passage below really changed my perspective on the fulfillment of vision:
I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come, I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (Isaiah 46:9-10).
As I read this Scripture, I could see that God mentions two things that He does. The first one is He establishes the end before the beginning. What that means is that He finishes things first in the spiritual realm, and then He goes back and starts them up in the physical realm.
The second thing He does is reveal the end result of something when it is just the beginning. I have noticed in the Scriptures the principle that purpose is established before the production. In other words, it is God who first institutes a purpose, and then He creates someone or something to fulfill that purpose. I really pray you are getting this and understand it, because it will help your walk with God.
Remember, He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Many of times from our own physical sight, we do not recognize the fact that when God starts something, He has already completed it in eternity. Listen to what Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “Yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
Starting right now, we need to remember His working order. He first tells us what the end of the matter is to be, and then He backs up and begins the process of fulfilling that end; the same as a builder first develops and idea and a blueprint and then starts a building.
Take for instance, we can see this in the principle of Creation. Everything was already finished in God’s mind before He laid the foundation of the world. He had imagined and planned how He wanted everything to be, then He initiated the beginning by creating the heavens, the earth, and humankind. We see this in the book of Genesis, which means “origin” or “source”. When we read that book of the Bible, we are really reading about the start-up, the origin, of Earth.
Now the same principle applies to those of you who are involved in project management. You know that start-up is a significant step in the process of building. When you reach the start-up phase, it means that you have all the plans drawn, all the physical resources in place, and all the management resources in order. So before you start a project, all these things must be in place. That is when you can begin.
So when do you start building a house? Do you start when you dig the foundation? No! You begin building whenever the idea for the house is conceived. The finished house is still in the unseen - all the people that pass by the property do not see it. But on the other hand to you, who understands and knows what is going to happen, the house is already finished.
I hope you have seen what I am trying to paint here for you today.Please if you do not understand what I am saying, re-read, re-read and re-read it over and over again until you say, “I got it!” Because if you understand what I am saying here, it will help you to understand God’s plan for your life.
Let me close with this statement.
Digging the foundation is simply the beginning of bringing your purpose to pass. After you dig the foundation and somebody asks you, “Please, Pastor Reed, tell me. What are you doing?” Then Pastor Reed in return responds with a definite answer. He points to the architect’s rendering of the house and says, “Well, I am building this.”
So what is the problem? Get on board! Go and get that plywood and a hammer, and let’s get it on. God go with you all.
My prayer for you: Lord God of the unseen, we are in the seen, connecting to the Holy Spirit who is on the scene, ready to deliver our prayers to the unseen. We adhere to Your voice and reflect on what You are telling us. Thank You for reminding us that You are God and there is no one like You. We read and understand that Your purpose is already completed before it is even come to pass, because You established the end before the beginning. Thank You for reminding our finite minds of what time is and what eternity means to our lifetime. Help us to see the revelation of Your glory to glory, that we may find favor in You. Forgive us for not being sensitive to the things of the Spirit. Remind us that Your Word is our compass for life’s journey. Be with us this week as we begin. As we read this blessing, remind us that we were born in our right time. Without any doubt, we are here to accomplish the vision You have given to us during our generation. Thank You for continuing to remind us that our best is right before our eyes. Our daily blessing is continuing to come each and every day. Take away doubt from our hearts, and remind us daily of Your salvation the way we experienced it when we first fell in love with You. Be with Your people and give them the desire of their hearts. Love them and safeguard them as they go this week. You are a faithful God to the end of time. We love You, Lord! In Jesus’ wonderful name, amen and amen.
Thought: God has already completed your purpose in Him!
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