Even in a natural sense, we love our children because they are our children – not because of what they can do for us. Certainly there is a proper place for work, effort and accomplishment by our children. But those things do not change the value of our children to us.
In the same way, you will never have confidence in your relationship with God or in the ministry to which He has called you until you know the truth of God’s purpose for you: God’s purpose is that you walk with Him as a son! Sonship is not earned. Sonship is given freely from God through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Gal 3:26).
PURPOSE: CONFIDENCE IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
It is clear, from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, that the Father’s motivation throughout human history has been to: redeem (“take back ownership of”); restore (“bring back to original condition”); and reconcile (“restore relationship”) mankind to Himself.
Sin (“rebellion against God”) separated us from God our Father. However, sin did not separate us from the unconditional and unchanging love of the Father. God’s love set in motion a divine plan of redemption that finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ.
In one of the most-quoted scriptures of the Bible, we hear the words of Jesus, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16,17).
In Jesus Christ we find the motivation of God the Father – His love. We also find the process or outworking of that love – His grace. The motivation of God is love, and the process of that love in action is God’s grace, shown to us in Ephesians 2:8,9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” The Father so loved mankind that He gave His Son as a gift (grace) and anyone who would receive and believe in His Son would have eternal life.
Now that fact settles our eternal destiny; but what about our earthly destiny? How are we to live out our lives here on earth?
OUR EARTHLY PURPOSE
From the very beginning, we were created to worship God and have fellowship with Him (Gen 3:9,10; Ps 149:4; John 4:23; Rom 12:1). So, in addition to our sonship through Christ, another primary purpose for mankind is worshipping God.
Worship is not only music and singing unto God. More importantly, worship is a lifestyle of commitment to the purposes of God. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service [or worship]” (Rom 12:1, emphasis added). Normally something that is sacrificed is dead; but we are called to be living sacrifices. A living sacrifice is one whose self-will has been laid down – willingly replaced by the desire to do the will of God! Our life lived in sacrifice to God’s purposes is an act of worship to Him.