How about the one that starts right here under my feet?
What is our purpose? Our journey? Our destiny in God’s Kingdom?
When I was younger, I used to think that people who were really successful were ones who had great beginnings. I thought that their great start was why they seemed to be on top of their game and really living a good life! You know, the ones who seemed revved up with a topped-off fuel tank, good quality road maps, and the best pit crew anyone could ask for. In other words, I thought they were ones who had a healthy, stable upbringing, good education, and all the appropriate support for personal and professional growth along the way. It just seemed for some, that success was teed up on a finely-manicured course, waiting for them to take a swing.
What if I didn’t have a great start? What if I’m grieved by some situations in my past? What if I’ve made some mistakes along the way, was foolish at times, or had some not-so-great influences in my life? What if I’ve come from an extremely unfortunate situation that was no cause of my own? Honestly, there have been plenty of times I wished I’d had a better start. For the longest time, though, I thought maybe these deficiencies were reasons I was not living life to the fullest.
It turns out I was wrong.
I mean, what about the sheer abundance of our lack? How about the vastness of our shortcomings and mistakes? Without the perspective of grace, we humans are in one terrific trough of trouble.
So maybe we didn’t get a good start. Not to worry, I don’t think we’d be alone in that. The really big deal is that when we are willing to be transformed, God can use any or all of our past experiences and situations for His purposes. The Bible gives countless examples of how people with really messy lives were transformed into the ones who made great advances for God’s Kingdom and took back ground that the enemy stole. He’s done it countless times for others, and He’s ready, willing, and waiting to do it for us. Even if He’d done it before for us, He is faithful and can do it again and again. The important thing is that we come before God to get loved on, healed up, cleaned up, that we ask for our assignments and receive the help we need with those things to which He calls us.
We are, after all, invited to come boldly to God’s throne of grace.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
The beautiful thing is we can come to the throne of grace as much as we’d like. God does not limit our visiting to once a lifetime, once a week, or even once a day! There are no limits! We are invited to come, boldly even, any day, any hour. We can approach at will (ours) and as many times as we want. We can come before God Almighty any old time! There are no quarantine closures in heavenly realms!
It doesn’t matter what good or bad constitutes our past. We just need to be recommissioned. And we can do that whenever and from wherever we are.
Just like a ship or building being recommissioned for a new purpose, we too can be recommissioned when we boldly walk (or even crawl) into that throne room. The recommissioning of a ship or building can be about a change in its ownership or a change in its purpose. When we come to God, our recommissioning is both: new ownership and new purpose. Like Paul on the road to Damascus, we can radically experience God’s grace in such a way that it transforms us into the agents of God’s goodness.
Recommissioning / New Ownership
We, by accepting His invitation to be redeemed and washed clean from sins, transgressions, and iniquities, come under the purchase price of redemption. God’s 2000+ year old glorious and strategic move is what pre-paid for our entry into His Kingdom as sons and daughters. Our part is simply showing up and accepting what was provided for us by believing. We bring ourselves into His ownership because we were bought with the Highest Price, the very blood of His own Son. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). We are under God’s ownership. This is the best news!
And I give to them life in the age to come, and they will absolutely not perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.John 10:28 (REV)
Recommissioning / New Purpose
Our recommissioning comes with a new purpose of which the benefits are unending. We enjoy a new, fresh, and unshakeable relationship with the Creator of the Universe and He can clean us up!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!2 Corinthians 5:17
AND we are given The Great Commission:
And Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the holy spirit, teaching them to obey all that I commanded you. And remember!, I am with you always, even to the end of the Age.”Matthew 28: 18-20 (REV)
We can report in, too, for our specific duties, ask for our assignments about who and how to bless and inquire where we can serve. We can rely on Him for instruction about how to manage our lives, resources, and time. We can learn from God’s own Word (especially Proverbs) what wisdom looks like. We can learn how to honor and praise Him (Psalms). After all, we are masterfully-created agents for God’s goodness.
For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance so that we would walk in them.Ephesians 2:10 (REV)
No matter how we started, we can all strive to finish well. One of the best tidbits of news that I ever heard was this: you have to start where you are.
Not only can we start right where we are, quite frankly we literally have to start right where we are. We can’t start where we are not—it’s never worked. So let’s blaze the trail that we are on. If we don’t like our footing, let’s get with God who can lead us to sure footing and firm foundations. Let’s get into that throne room of grace, connect with the One who knows best, and ask for help in fulfilling our Kingdom destinies!