I have glorified You -John 17:4

We glorify God by doing what He tells us to do not simply what we want to do.

Glorifying God is directly connected to fulfilling our destiny.

Tony Evans, Called for a Purpose

My Pondering

Jesus wonderfully set the ultimate example for us in fulfilling our destiny and living out our purpose; our divine calling. John 17:4 exemplifies this supremely.

That ultimately is to bring glory unto the Father, for the Son, by the Spirit with our time, talent and treasure.

1) Unto – For – By

2) Father – Son – Spirit

3) Time – Talent – Treasure

I coin that ‘the trifecta of trinities’.

One thing we can definitely apply and learn from Christ was His focus on mission and pleasing God, our Father, first and foremost.

Christ dutifully carried His cross to the point of utter exhaustion. He then willing went up on it bearing the unfathomable.

Jesus instructed us that we must carry our own cross. We are to be like Him, in the best way possible; by good works and by steadfast faith.

We find the abundant life not through ease and comfort by overcoming Unto – For – By God, by giving it up.

We are fools to try to keep what we shall lose. We are wise to sacrifice what we can not keep, so that we gain all the more forever more which begins and ends in Christ. That is exactly what the Father did for His Son. Christ, our great High Preist and brother, shall advocate for us. Amen? Amen!

Either way, we all will glorify God.

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble;

I will deliver you,

and you shall glorify Me.”

Psalms 50:15

Prayer Primer

Lord, You are the way, the truth and the light. Guide my and help me Lord Jesus to be a mini You.

Ultimately Lord, I pray my will shall be Your will. Me we be in accord, in unity. Great is Your faithfulness. Great is Your faithfulness, Lord unto me.

I pray what Moses prayed in Exodus 33:8, “I pray You, show me Your glory.”

PS.

Jesus want this for YOU. That’s certainly not my original thought. I know it for the BIBLE tells me so. And He tells and loves you too. What are you waiting for?

Redeem your time – Ephesians 5:15-16

Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15-16 Berean

And lets check out this rendering of the text:

Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil.

Ephesians 5:15-16 Amplified

Similar Scriptures

Verse 15

Proverbs 15:21
Folly is joy to one who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding walks a straight path.

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Verse 16

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.

Colossians 4:5
Act wisely toward outsiders, redeeming the time.

Select Commentary

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers
(15) See then that ye walk (properly, how ye walk) circumspectly.–The word rendered “circumspectly” is properly strictly, or accurately–generally used of intellectual accuracy or thoroughness (as in Matthew 2:8; Luke 1:3; Acts 18:25; Acts 18:28; 1Thessalonians 5:2); only here and in Acts 26:5 (“the straitest sect of our religion”) of moral strictness. The idea, therefore, is not of looking round watchfully against dangers, but of “seeing,” that is, being careful, “how we walk strictly;” of finding out the clear line of right, and then keeping to it strictly, so as not “to run uncertainly.” In the corresponding passage in the Colossian Epistle (Colossians 4:5) a similar admonition has especial reference “to those without,” and bids us have a resolute unity of aim, a distinct religious profession, amidst all the bewildering temptations of the world. Here it is more general; it bids men not to trust wholly to general rightness of heart, in which “the spirit is willing,” but to be watchful over themselves, and to be a law to themselves, “because the flesh is weak.” . . .


Pulpit Commentary
Verse 15. – Take heed then how ye walk strictly. The construction is somewhat peculiar, combining two ideas – see that you walk strictly, but consider well the kind of strictness. Do not walk loosely, without fixed principles of action; but make sure that your rules are of the true kind. Many are strict who are not wisely strict; they have rules, but not good rules. Not as unwise, but as wise. This rendering brings out the force of ἄσοφοι and σοφυὶ: “fools” (A.V.) is rather strong, for it is not utter folly that is reproved, but easy-mindedness, want of earnest consideration in a matter so infinitely vital, so as to know what is truly best.

My Pondering

This passages reminds not to take time for granted. Our earthly lives are not ideal (full of evil) compared to our eternal dwelling. We are to take full advantage of opportunities which shall impact eternity. This time is important and not to ‘just pass it by’ or get lost in worldliness. We are to live on purpose and engage our destiny and other people.

People may not remember our names, even our faces but they do remember how you made them feel. I think each Christian is called to:

Build bridges of grace that will support the weight of truth.

Mark Vrogop

Like Paul encouraged us to ‘run the race as to win the prize, an eternal one’.

I also appreciate this quote:

Time has been given to you for one reason—so you can fulfill your destiny.

Your time and the way you use it are intimately linked with purpose and destiny. Knowing and living your purpose gives you God’s perspective on the use of your time.

Tony Evans, Called for a Purpose

Solomon prompted us herein:

“there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven”

It also says that God “has made everything appropriate in its time”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 / 11

So let us make the most of ALL our time around the Circle of Life, whatever that might be, let’s to it intentionally, passionately, purposely, all in love, succinctly as the season permits, and wise as possible.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, You are in and out of time, space and matter. Help me to make the most of the time You have given me. Show me how my choices result in me wasting the time. Make everything I do purposeful, even sleep, rest and relaxation that You have given me. Enable me to use it all in line with the wonderful purpose for which You have created me. In Jesus’s name, Amen 🙏.

Worthy are You, our Lord and God… Revelation 4:11

Keep in mind that believing in God’s sovereignty does not mean you believe He causes everything in your life. Rather, it means that God either causes or allows everything in your life. And if He allows it, He can use it.

Trusting in His sovereignty means trusting that He can cause everything to work for your good—even the confusing and hurtful things—if you choose to love Him and respond to Him in the calling of your destiny.

You are not a mistake.

You were made on purpose for a purpose.

Embrace that truth and start living in light of it.

Tony Evans, Called for a Purpose

Think on this. If God is awesome, which He most certainly is, and He created you, as He did all humans in His very image (See Genesis), what creation, ID and potential do each of us have with this revealed truth?

Virtually Unlimited!

See Matthew 6:33

“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Pole of Faith

When reaching for your destiny, you need something like a pole-vaulter’s pole—something that will propel you higher than you could go on your own.

That pole is faith. It is faith in God’s Word, faith in His character, and faith that He will do what He has said He will do. Use the pole of faith to get where you need to go. When you do, you will learn how to soar.

Tony Evans, Called for a Purpose

Faith gives us additional power to rise higher than our own natural abilities, as shown in this analogy between a high jumper and pole vaulter.

Faith gives us spring to help propel us. It empowers hope and strengthens our goals. It not only helps us reach our destiny, it is essential.

HEAR your destiny

We are wise to HEAR and co-operate with God’s supernatural power to best fulfill our destiny and divine purpose.

H – ear

This is tuning into God’s purpose and will for our life. Like WiFi, we need to set our minds on the right frequency with the right username and password. The frequencies God speaks to our include His Word, Revelation and Circumstance. The username is His name, foremost is Jesus. And the passwords are unique to each of us.

This info-pic gives us a glimpse on how to center upon discover His unique will for you.

Like our DNA 🧬, we share a lot of similarities. Our DNA is common to all humans; (99.9%) as matter of fact. So principles carry forth for all of us…to love, express joy, have faith, etc. To use good manners, be polite, encourage, show respect, etc. To be honest, diligent, work hard, work smart, be generous, etc. and so forth.

Don’t get to hung up on the .01 difference but don’t ignore it either because it matters. It’s God’s unique customization. When we get locked into and connected to God’s flow, our purposese will often be revealed as it has discovered us.

We simply need to engage ‘actively listening’.

E – execute

Once we have heard, we need to execute. To go and do. Not to do perfectly, rather simply our best.

God wants, even demands, our participation in success and achievement. He rarely spoon feeds us when we are capable. It’s co-operation as He prefers to often work ‘through’ us not just ‘to’ us.

He gave us faculties and resources. He expects us to work, to go, to do, to exercise our dominion as we were created in His image.

I think this quote sums up execution well:

All I can do is all I can do but all I can do is enough.

AL Williams

A – bide

As important as doing, executing is in our own efforts is limited. We are wise to fully partner with our Creator by abiding. This is well covered in the book of John, Ch 15.

While we abide, we adapt. We adjust to circumstance and additional revelation which is in sync to our greater purpose. Yes, we are loved and important but it’s (life) ultimately NOT about us. We, like the earth 🌍, revolve around the sun ☀️, as we do God.

The closer and better we abide, the more we are ‘in the zone’ and ‘in flow’.

As we abide, we are wise to learn from God. To absorb what He is teaching us.

R-est

Last but not least, we need to rest. All living creature need sleep and rest. We need to recharge and relax. You know, let go and let God. Stress is a good thing, over stress is a bad one. If you are human reading this, not a google bot, you know what I mean.

Ultimately, we must trust God. His ways are sometimes different that ours. They are higher, as the Good Book says.

One with God, can accomplish more while praying and resting, than a 1,000 without.

When we fully trust God. When we do our best to obey Him. When we work hard. We are entitled to rest. Like Solomon teaches in the book of Ecclesiastes, there is a time for this and a time for that.

Rest is a part of the rhythm of life.

Summary

This isn’t a 4 step and done program. It’s a way of life. It’s a continual cycle, as the seasons of nature constantly and consistent transition, so are we.

When we truly seek God hear from God. When trust and obey Him, we don’t just have confidence everything will work out fine ‘after the wash’ we have better, we have Godfidence.

Improving Purpose

For we are His workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand

that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10, NKJV

The Amplified version gives us some greater detail to ponder

For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].

Ephesians 2:10 AMP

Its value has increased because its purpose has been changed.

Tony Evans

It’s the same basic element (sand) but it’s value increases at its purpose improves. Think about how that applies to people and in particular to your own life. And more specifically, from the view of our being a creation of God’s. We are His workmanship but He expects us to maximize our time, talent and treasure for His glory. When we fulfill our greatest purpose, we are most fulfilled.

Pursue your destiny with passion and expediency because when you discover the eternal impact of your actions, you will sense that you have greater value than you realized.

Tony Evans

How do we best co-operate with His best purpose so we can manifest our destiny?

Locating your destiny and finding your ultimate purpose

I think this more about a ‘how’ than a ‘what’. How shall we live vs. what shall we specifically do. One should lead to the other. Like any big endeavor, we are wise to start with our destination, our overarching goal.

What is God’s will for you? I don’t know exactly nor is it likely anyone else knows for sure. But God can reveal it to you. Pondering this for a moment:

Think and ruminate upon what the Word, divine and self revelation and your particular circumstances have in common.

Dr. Evans gives us some good advice here:

Many people struggle today to locate their destiny. They spend so much time looking for the plan, the purpose, and the calling, they forget where all of that originates. It originates in God Himself. If you can’t find your destiny, don’t go searching for it—go searching for God. Deepen your relationship with Him, spend time with Him… He’s the connection you need because He’s the One who already knows what you want to know. He knows your destiny, and as you connect with Him as your Source for all things, you will also tap into the full force of your purpose.

Tony Evans, Called for a purpose

The following verse is so critical to our success and in particular, discovering our destiny and pursuing our purpose:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 NKJV

I think the NLT version often pairs well with the more literal versions.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Matthew 6:33 NLT

When we allow, when we seek God first and foremost, then He will lavish us with all the ancillary stuff including directions to our destiny.

I think this previous post may also assist.