This morning, after a 3-year absence, I was asked and able to teach a Sunday School class. We have been working the following teaching out in experience in our lives. I thought I would share it ‘in short’.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Paul is writing to the church there, that God who is peace will sanctify and make them “WHOLE” in spirit, soul and body and keep them blameless until Jesus comes.
In Romans 8, we who are often in fellowship have heard the 28th verse which tells us via Paul again, that ‘God works for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose’. But we don’t often go the rest of the way to verse 29…God knew us and predestined us to ‘be conformed into the image of His Son’.
So what is God’s purpose in our life? To be conformed, to be a resemblance of Jesus to the world, that God may receive glory through our lives. Jesus was rejected and killed glorifying the Father God, and Jesus told us we would have tribulation in this world, but He has overcome the world. Our good news.
We live everyday with some ‘bit’ of revelation of what healing might be like, feel like or even appear to be. At this point, we have learned more about ‘wholeness’ than healing.
Scripture feeds our life with, ‘what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal’ (2 Corinthians 4:18) and faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do no yet see. (Hebrews 11:1)
I want to insert here a phrase, which has come to us recently via Jack Hayford. “Do we have a passion for the purposes of GOD?” That means whatever the circumstance, like Paul and Silas, beaten and in jail, we glorify God with our life and testimony at all times, to all people in every situation whether negative or positive.
One day we will have our appointment with God. (Hebrews 9:27) When that time comes, whether we died a horrible death or went to sleep and woke up in His presence, this short stay on earth will be done. The eternal ‘wholeness’ is what will count. God has a purpose (back to Romans 8) for our lives. That is to glorify God until our appointment with Him. His purpose is at work in us. He doesn’t need to check His calendar, He knows when we are meeting Him face to face. In the meantime, we continue to pray for healing, but like the 3 Hebrew children…“Our God can deliver us, but if not, we will still serve Him.”
We must have a ‘passion for His purposes”…He has a legacy of faith for us. It is to give Him glory with our lives and testimony until we leave this place. No matter the circumstances. Psalm 4 near the end says, “The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.” It is a wise and purposeful prayer. Only God knows the moment of our death. We pray for peace and God’s perfect end while continuing to pray for the miracle, the deliverance, the healing, while acknowledging the “PURPOSES OF GOD” without doubting. Faith is continuing with a ‘passion for His purpose’ when it is still not seen.