Fulfilling Your Purpose

Have you ever had a garage so filled with “stuff” your vehicle couldn't fit inside? Do you ever prop open a “lazy” window with a book? Ever use a kitchen spatula to scrape the early morning frost from your windshield because you don't own–or can't find–an ice scraper?

What do all these occurrences have in common?

None of these objects are fulfilling their designed purpose.

Before we look at the various “virtues” we're to be cultivating in order to glorify God, I thought it might be helpful to first consider the term “virtue.” It's not a word we hear every day and I don't want us to miss its significance.

We find the Greek word that is translated into the English word  “virtue” only four times in the New Testament (some versions translate this word as “moral excellence”).

To the Greek philosophers, it meant ‘the fulfillment of a thing.’ When anything in nature fulfills its purpose, that is 'virtue'–moral excellence. The land that produces crops is ‘excellent’ because it is fulfilling its purpose. The tool that works correctly is ‘excellent’ because it is doing what a tool is supposed to do.

A Christian is supposed to glorify God because he has God’s nature within; so, when he does this, he shows ‘excellence’ because he is fulfilling his purpose in life. True virtue in the Christian life is not ‘polishing’ human qualities, no matter how fine they may be, but producing divine qualities that make the person more like Jesus Christ.*   

How does this apply to our topic this month?

As we work through the sixth point on the manifesto, we need to keep reminding ourselves of our purpose.

Numbers 14:21 expresses God’s heart:

But indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.

God desires the whole earth to reflect His worth and value, for all creation to rejoice in praise of His character, marveling at His awesome works and admiring Him for the magnificent being He is! As true women, when we express God’s worth and excellence by displaying what He is like, others are drawn to Him and . . .

God is brought glory! This is our purpose.

How are you fulfilling God's purpose for you today?

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*Wiersbe, W. W. (1996, c1989). The Bible exposition commentary. "An exposition of the New Testament comprising the entire 'BE' series"--Jkt. (2 Pe 1:5). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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Kimberly Wagner

Kimberly Wagner

Kimberly Wagner’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women's pursuit of God's glory. She's the author of Fierce Women, and is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog. She enjoys sharing with women and hearing from them about what God is doing in their lives.

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