I was reading an interesting story on Charisma News about an interview with Barry Maracle, a pastor, author and prophet, who is convinced that God has a purpose for your life.
Maracle shared a story about his Native American grandfather who was a pastor with the Assemblies of God. His grandfather would bring out a white board and put a small apple seed on it and ask his students what they saw.
Immediately they all focussed their attention on the board. But gradually their eyes would shift to the tiny apple seed, and they would describe it.
As his grandfather pushed them on what else they saw, some would speak of the giant tree that would spring from that tiny seed.
But for his grandfather, even this wasn’t enough, they needed to see beyond that.
“My grandpa would say, ‘No, you see bakeries.’ ‘You see apple pie.’ ‘You see everything that produces after its own kind,” said Maracle.
Like that tree, we all have a greater purpose in life beyond growing and living. And for us to thrive we need to embrace this greater purpose with the intent of benefiting those around you.
In the interview, Maracle quoted a verse from Ephesians:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
This verse says that you have been created for good works. But notice how this verse adds that these good works were created beforehand. This means God had a plan for your life, before you were saved and now the Lord wants you to “walk in” in the vision and purpose that God has for you.
But Maracle’s interpretation is far more inspiring.
“He [God] dreamed about you. He dreamed about me. He dreamed before time began. There was a God dreaming about us and our success in life is to discover ‘the dreamer’ and the specifics of that dream.”
2020 has been a hard year. But it was also a bad year in 586 BC, when the nation of Babylon attacked and ransacked Jerusalem. Thousands died in the siege.
Those who survived were violently ripped from their homes, plundered of their belongings and their livelihood, marched off into captivity and forced to start all over again in a strange land.
But in the midst of this horrendous trial, Jeremiah had a prophetic word for those living in captivity.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:10-11 NIV)
Because even in the darkest of times, God still has a plan and purpose for your life.
And what was that purpose?
In verse 7, God told the Jews to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
God’s purpose for the Jews was to better the lives of those around them and this even included their captors. They were to seek their prosperity and help them succeed.
This is the same plan that God has for you. God wants you help others become successful. There are hundreds of ways of doing this. Are their thoughts bouncing around in your mind of things you could be doing, but for various reasons have been putting off?
God has a specific purpose for you to fulfill and oddly these plans are sometimes better seen in dark days.