God has a very important task for us. And that is to do His will on earth as it is done in heaven, in all the situations in our life that He created just for us.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible are the words of David in Psalm 139: “You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother’s body. When I was put together there, you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.” Psalm 139:15-16 (NCV).
God has made each of us “in an amazing and wonderful way”. Psalm 139:14. He thought of us and created each of us with a specific purpose, and we need to understand His purpose with the life He has given us.
A body You have prepared for Me
Jesus was with the Father when He created the earth. He was happy with all of His creation, but His great joy was with the people. (Proverbs 8:22-31.) So when the time was right, Jesus was given a body and He came to earth as a man with a human nature just as all the other people on earth. In that body, all the will of God was done and none of His own will. In Hebrews 10:5-7 is written about Jesus: “… a body you have prepared for Me … to do Your will, O God.”
When the work He came to do in this body was done, He gave His Spirit back to His Father, completely uncorrupted by His human nature and by sin, but with the whole fullness of godly nature, completely filled with the very nature of God. (Ephesians 3:19.) The Holy Spirit was then sent to earth to help us and teach us so that we also can get godly nature by following in Jesus’ footsteps and using our bodies to do God’s will. (Acts 1:1-4; 2 Peter 1:2-4.)
God knew us before the world was made, and gave us a body just as He gave Jesus a body. He wants us to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, so that we do God’s will on earth as it is done in heaven. (Matthew 6:10.)
A perfect plan for our lives
He has made a perfect plan for our lives and He has planned specific works for each of us to do. (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:12-14.)
In our bodies we have a human nature, which has a will of its own that goes against the will of God. That is why we have to fight a battle against the lusts and desires of this sinful human nature.
When we see or experience things around us, we are tempted. Thoughts that are not from God try to come in and break our connection with Him. (James 1:14-15.) We need to say No to these thoughts and temptations, we should never give in to them, and in this way we will stop with sin, and become in these areas like Jesus “who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth.” (1 Peter 2:21-22; 1 Peter 4:1-2.)
So God’s purpose for us is that in all our circumstances we may overcome the sin in our own sinful human nature, and that our spirit, which God longs for, could return to Him full of the fruits of the Spirit, which is godly nature. So that we will be given a warm welcome into the eternal kingdom of Jesus. (2 Peter 1:2-11.)
We are to be “ … holy, pure, and faultless”, therefore we need to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling”. (Read Colossians 1:21-22 and Philippians 2:12.) We shouldn’t waste time doing our own will. We are here to do God’s will, and in order to do that, we need to be very humble, admit our weaknesses as human beings and go to God to get the help we need to overcome sin, as God meant us to do and as He promised. (Hebrews 4:16.) And the Holy Spirit will lead us and help us.
God’s desire for us
In Romans 8:28,29 (NLT) it is written: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son.”
God planned that those He had chosen would become like his Son. God’s desire for us is that we get godly nature, which is eternal life. We are to overcome all sin, and to build His Church, which will be to His glory both on earth and for all eternity. This is the reason that He formed us in such an amazing and wonderful way.
That’s why Paul tells us to “lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for [forgiving] each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:1-6 (NLT).