I described the first step toward making 2010 count this way: “Learn to see your life as part of a bigger story – the story of redemption. Like any good story, all of the individual chapters of your life should move the story progressively closer to its desired ending.”
History has a purpose and is directed toward a goal.
You and I are characters in a story that culminates with the redemption of mankind and the full revelation of the glory of God.
I propose that our individual lives can only be significant insofar as they are connected with the bigger story of what God is doing in the whole of human history. In other words, we must place our present existence within the broader context of both the past and the future — within an awareness of God’s redemptive work through Jesus Christ.
Here’s your theology lesson for the day:
According to Dr. Daniel Fuller, the Greek word for “purpose” (boulē) implies the deliberate choice to pursue a certain goal step-by-step in a methodical way. In Acts 13:36, Paul says, “…when David had served God’s purpose (boulē) in his own generation, he fell asleep…” In other words, there were steps in God’s purpose that had to be taken in David’s lifetime, and David served God in the way he helped carry out those steps. (more…)