What is my purpose? What is my destiny? What happens when we die?
Deep down, don’t we all have that wonder to know the answers to these questions? Sometimes it takes an entire lifetime to find out what that purpose is and sometimes we never find out. That does not mean that we have not fulfilled God’s purpose. We would be surprised how over a lifetime, we may have influenced someone in a good or bad way. I would like to share some scriptures meaningful to me. In my searching and through the answers I am complelled to share what I learn so others may also join in this revelation. I know as soon as some people hear the scripture quotes they close the blog never learning a thing. If you really want answers, then all I am hoping is that you will search these quotes and seek to know what your destiny can be through a Saviour.
When a loved one dies it often makes us think about life and what comes after death. For me, the first question I would like to affirm is if the deceased person had a relationship with the Saviour Jesus Christ? Did they at any time in their life recognize the need for a Saviour? Did they live a strong Christian life by going to church or did they worship the Lord in the privacy of their home? Did they have faith in Jesus? or Was it a life lived without the knowledge? The bible is also called the book of knowledge. Perhaps that person was like one of the criminals on their cross. One on the left of Jesus and one on the right side of Jesus during the crucifixion of Christ on His cross (my cross). Luke 23:39 “One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said. “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserved. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
One criminal mocked Christ. The other in his own way confessed his sin and then he acknowledged Jesus as Lord. It was really just a brief conversation from one criminal’s heart to the Lord of all Creation. The criminal accepted who Christ is right at that moment while nailed on that cross, knowing he was going to die. In return Christ Jesus accepted the criminal into the kingdom of God. His sins were forgiven because of that confession of the heart. It is interpreted that the mocking criminal on the cross, had his eyes pecked out and that he did not go into paradise.
I believe our lives are intertwined for a God purpose. There are no coincidences in life. The fact that you are reading this is not a coincidence. We all have a time when we are born and a time when we die. King David had a special relationship with God and it is evident throughout his life that he also had great insight. Words written by David in the psalms, best express answers to our purpose in life. Psalm 138 “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. Your love, O Lord endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands.”
We all have a purpose to fulfill. While God’s love endures forever – he can and does allow us to make our own choices. The choices we make determine our final destiny when our life on earth is finished. God has given us instruction for a better life and the opportunity for eternal life. Make no mistake God will abandon the work of his hands if we don’t accept the gift of eternal life found in the acceptance of the Saviour Jesus Christ. Read the old testament book of Lamentations - A horrific book tells in detail what happens when God's children forsake God. The new testament clearly shows God's mercy and the way back to Him.That way is through Jesus. “He is the way the truth and the life.”
“Old testament - Psalm 139:13 – “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
From that verse we can see that God is all knowing. If we really take the time to try and comprehend what God is and how he works it is probably far beyond what we can even fathom. God in His infinite wisdom made it simple for salvation to occur. How big is God? David understood and said it clearly. Psalm 139:17- “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.”
I search the scriptures to gain my own insight. There are many questions. I’m sure I will never fully understand the whys of this world. Life is a journey to a final destination. My hope is that I will live for eternity in the kingdom of God with God, otherwise known as heaven, paradise. To know that others, who God has placed in my life circle, will also meet me in that great beyond, also gives me great hope and peace.
I wish I could pray everyone into heaven, but I can’t. Each person is responsible to make that choice for themselves. If you have taken the time to read my blog, also take a moment to ask yourself and ask God what is the purpose He has for your life? You can begin by talking to Jesus. There is always a choice. That is what the two criminals on the cross stand for. What side of the cross are you going to stand on? Then you will know your destiny.