159. Set apart from birth.
'For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb ... your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.' (Psalm 139:13-16) God predestined us not after we were conceived in our mother's womb but even before the creation of the world. 'For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons and daughters ...' (Ephesians 1:4-5) This predestination is based on the foreknowledge he has about us 'for those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son' (Romans 8:29-30), even before we 'were born or done anything good or bad - inorder that God's purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls' (Romans 9:11-12); the foreknowledge God has of those who will respond to the Gospel and who will not. God has given us the free will to choose our destiny; where we will spend our eternity! As for those who will respond to the Gospel, he has set them apart for his purpose, though they weren't aware of that predestination, until they are called, just as Paul did and later wrote: 'God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles.' (Galatians 1:15) This divine purpose is our life's mission and not our careers. God didn't predestine our careers but rather our mission in life, which we are expected to fulfill, at any cost! We will not be judged for failing to choose the right career or for failing to achieve it, but we will be judged for not fulfilling our mission in life. In other words, our life's mission is more important than our careers! Our careers are only a means of living and not our mission in life. The means to live is a blessing from the Lord but do not mistake it for your mission in life. Our careers should not supplement our mission but rather compliment our mission. Our mission is to the establish his kingdom at any cost, be it our time, money and energy. Nothing else we do will matter in eternity but only that which we did for Christ and his kingdom. Let's be willing to spend and be expended for the sake of the Gospel.(2 Corinthians 12:15) Let's be assured that 'the Lord will fulfill his purpose for us ...' (Psalm 138:8) Amen.