[God] has made every nationality . . . and has determined
their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.
|No matter our New Year’s resolution, a significant agent of success depends on our “intentionality.” Am I going to purposefully work towards the goal I set at the beginning of the year?|
Living life “on purpose” is a big component of accomplishing anything of value. We were created on purpose and for a purpose. Paul tells the Athenians in Acts 17 that God has determined both the period of time, as well as the location on earth in which each of us will live our lives. If this is the case, we’re here, now, for a purpose. We’re told elsewhere in Ephesians 2 that good works have been prepared in advance for us to accomplish.
In grasping that God specifically placed me in this time and place to accomplish certain things, I begin to consider seriously what it means to live as a Christ-follower during this time and in this place. “How should I think? How do I reach my neighbour? What is the best way to share the Good News with them?”
While we cling tenaciously to the unchanging truths of God’s Word, we must be willing to part with old methodologies that are losing effectiveness. We need to be sensitive to other worldviews, aware of the challenges of the current cultural climate and be willing to learn, flex and, above all, live with intentionality in the time and place in which God has placed us.