WHO AM I?
This question has a lots of dimensions we can answer it but we would be laying more emphasis on created for God’s purpose.
WHAT IS PURPOSE?
Purpose is a result that desires an intention, aim or plan that is the reason something is done. The reason why something is made, created, done, formed. Many talk about purpose in terms of their gifts in terms of what gives them happiness instead of finding out who they are. In the beginning that God created all things God first create the needs of man before man was formed (Gen 1:1-25). Man was created to fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Before the fall of man God has been visiting man, there is a cordial relationship like father to son.
Gen 3:8 AMP
“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”
God came to fellowship with Adam and Eve but they were ashamed because they had disobeyed him. After they ate the forbidden fruit something happened. “Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apron like girdles” Gen 3:7AMP. As their eyes where opened the Holy Spirit became dormant in them they died a spiritual death.
To discover your purpose, you don’t look at your gifts or talents instead look at your source. To know who you are, there is a need to consult your source. To know who a particular child is and whose it is, such findings have to be traced back to the parents which is he or her source. So the question now is ‘ Who am I? ‘
Then, God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air and over the cattle, over the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps the earth (Genesis 1:26).
We are therefore the offspring of God, we are HIS product. You hear people tell you that you look so much like your parents that’s because their genes run through your veins, they gave birth to you. We are created in God’s image and likeness, it’s so straightforward, the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7). God formed man and not man formed God. Man is incomplete without God but God still remain without man.
That’s why you can’t choose the purpose of your living based on something that gives you joy or your knowledge because HE created you so HE knows that which is right for you putting all of your best interests in HIS plan. How can man live without the spirit of God, the breath of life. He was created with the life of God. So how the idea of living without the spirit of God did came about. It’s just like a standing fan without being connected to a wall socket which has working wires connected in it already. The fan would just be there being dominant.
Most humans are this way; they look at their gifts, talents, potentials, and their derivation of happiness instead of focusing on their maker. They want to do things their own way instead of following the true manual I. E the word of God and the Word is Jesus. Even those who are actually successful doing things contrary to God’s purpose are still like the dominant fan, they think they are standing or people think they are standing when they are actually not even functioning at all. A product can only function effectively when the manufacturer’s manual is followed diligently. So humans (man) can only function effectively when they rely totally on their maker, Father, God. “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it (Genesis 2:15). “
Knowing who you are now, will guide you rightly in HIS purpose. Reading through Genesis 1 will get us to discover that God created the earth and every in it before man. The earth was created to serve the purpose of submitting to man and man was created to have dominion over it. The garden of Eden is the presence of God. It is the same God that created the earth that put him in the garden of Eden and not somewhere else on earth. When a baby gets born and starts to grow, he gets so used to the mother because he spends most of his time with his mother. So man is put in the garden of God’s presence to tend and keep it. To get so used to HIS presence that HE watches the garden by keeping and therefore spreading it over the earth by taking dominion(Genesis 1:26). The Father’s purpose is to see HIS children doing that which HE does in heaven on earth working together with them so that they don’t go astray. We are all created for HIS purpose which is spreading HIS presence all over the earth, displaying HIS presence through our gifts, shining in our unique potentials, fulfilling HIS primary purpose. If you’ve started spreading HIS presence all over, you are fulfilling purpose not until you become the president, a that or this or whatever dream you’ve envisioned in your mind. Taking HIS presence everywhere with you will things more clearer to you, the different ways and forms to carry out HIS plans.
“The Purpose of a thing has been established, finalized before the creation of that thing”
A manufacturer of a car did not begin to determine the purpose of that car after He created the Car. He thought of it, it’s function(purpose) and how it should be used. So He created for His purpose what he foreknew. He created based on His thought.
“The forming of a man in His mother’s womb is the conclusion of the creation of that man”
God created us before He formed us in our mother’s womb. Nobody came into this world without the foreknowledge of God. For John the Baptist, his purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus (John 1:23).
“Jesus is the word, because John the Baptist came to earth before Him does not mean John existed before Him.”
Just like a movie director or producer, God has predefined our lives like a script, before we were formed in our mother’s womb. He has planned, determined our individual purpose. so, He formed us to act according to His predefined plan. It is therefore proven that every man on earth, created by God has a divine purpose on earth. We did not just happen, we did not stumble on earth. You might say that you were given birth to accidentally but not outside the foreknowledge of God.
When God sends us in earth through our parents, every time He weighs our current dealings on earth to that which He planned before time. Like a man looking at a person acting what was first written in a script, he either shake his head if He/she is not acting according to the script or he nod his head if he sees that the actor is conforming diligently to what is written in the script (His image in Christ). So, like a director He tries to correct us through the process of new birth. We accepting His correction is the application of our faith to His Grace for us. but if not He let us go i.e God will not force us to accept His will for our life, we have to decide either to conform or not.
“Therefore be glad (exult), O heavens and you that dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in fierce anger (fury), because he knows that he has [only] a short time [left]! ” Revelation 12:13.
The Bible says the devil has a very short time in this world, Meaning that we even have a shorter period here on earth because our Christ can come at anytime. If you eventually see your own Christ tomorrow (pass away tomorrow), What’s the assurance that you would have fulfilled God’s given purpose for your life. Don’t be like the one with one talent, who did not make use of it and at the end was condemned (Matthew 25:14-30). A lot of lives out there are really perishing, God needs you to arise and bring people out of the darkness into His marvelous light.
“Then the devil who had led them astray [deceiving and seducing them] was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (through the ages of the ages).”
There’s high tendency that if you should get a product from the market without having the knowledge of how to use it, you’ll surely misuse the product. Similarly, To fulfill one’s God given purpose here on earth. There’s a need for you to go and ask the creator (God).
“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”
Countless number of people hasn’t gotten the right answer to this question Who am I?
Some would answer “I’m a Nurse “, “I’m a son of a multi-millionaire ” e.t.c
Get this; there’s more to life!…. God is not jobless to that have created you. There’s a reason for your existence, which must not be taken with levity. Mat. 25:14-30
God didn’t create us as resources of no use. The day we were formed in our mother’s womb was not the beginning of our creation. God has created us before then, He foreknew us. He created us before then to fulfill a purpose i.e. when He was ready to release us into this world, He knew we needed a Human body to operate legally here on earth, so He formed us in our mother’s womb. We (Human) are like tech gadgets, our manual is in Christ. We have to yield to God to know why, how we are designed to operate. if we yield to any other means outside Christ, it leads to wrong usage of our life. do not allow anybody define you except God. God created you, so He alone knows the reason why He created you. A prophet can prophesy about you (good or bad) still go to God. weigh what you’re told with God’s purpose for your life. do not be too fast to yield. Until God Himself confirms or speak do not yield yet.
SANCTIFYING WORK OF THE SPIRIT
1 Peter 1:2, “who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” (NIV)
For us to be able to conform to the image of Christ, to fulfill purpose, we need the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. This world we are living in is corrupted with sin, so we have to first become sanctified, access new birth then we can conform, discover purpose.
“To be born again means to be set apart for God’s purpose”
Believers obedience unto faith in Christ results from the Spirit sanctifying work. God (the father) has chosen us for salvation through the sanctification of the Spirit (1 Peter 1:2). At new birth our spirit man is sanctified (saved) but after that we still need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling so that we receive the end product of our faith which is the saving of our soul (1 Peter 1:8-9).
Sanctification is not a onetime process, it is continuous. The Holy Spirit dwells in us for us to be sanctified. The result of the Holy Spirit working with us in the process of sanctification is for us to bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
‘Who am I?’ This question can only be answered by the Creator. Christ died for our sins to restore back the relationship between man and God. There is what we call love, the love he had towards man make Him to give his only begotten son John 3:16. To fulfill one’s purpose one has to retrace himself/herself back to one’s maker; Jesus, He is the only way. John 14:6 .It is necessary that you submit totally to God and have a close & cordial communion with God, you then begin to walk in purpose and God will begin to direct you per time.
The first step before you start living for His Purpose is to be born again, so if you want to give your life to Jesus (accepting Him as your personal Lord and savior), or you were once a believer and then you fled away from God’s presence, there is still Grace for you.
repeat these words and believe it in your heart. Say, “Lord Jesus, I accept You today as my Savior and Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, that I can be made whole through You my Redeemer. I receive your Spirit into my Spirit man, Thank You Jesus for saving me! Amen.”
If You have done this sincerely I specially congratulate You, YOU ARE NOW SAVED! [For counselling or if you have any question, contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook page @newbirthminds]. Don’t stop here, thirst for the Holy Spirit, ask God and He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit. then ensure you walk in the Spirit. God Bless You, Amen.