– Rick Warren
Your Appointed Life
Your birth was no accident, my friend. Everything about you is unique, and God doesn’t make mistakes. God told Jeremiah the Prophet, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). Not many of us will be “a prophet to the nations,” but we can witness to our family, neighbors, co-workers, and friends. God saved us to use us as a means to save others. That’s your appointment–to change the destiny of others.
Your Appointed Works
We are saved by grace and not by works (thankfully). But then what comes next? The Apostle Paul tells us why we were saved, writing that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). So you and I were created by God before the Earth existed (Ephesians 1:4-5) but not just to sit in the pew and stew. No, we were saved for good works that God planned from–you guessed it–beforehand (or before the Earth (or we) existed). Isn’t that just incredible?!
Your Appointed Day
Every one of us has a day that we are going to die. Apparently, God knows that day. The psalmist wrote, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:16). Here, the psalmist incredibly says every day of our lives was recorded in a book before we even came into existence! That means you had a day appointed unto birth and you have a day appointed for death (Hebrews 9:27).
As long as you’re drawing breath, God’s not done with you. God is perfect. He never makes mistakes. I was told that my birth was an accident. I don’t think so, and God says our lives are no random circumstances rising from blind chance. We know it wasn’t blind chance; it was intelligent design by the Creator, Who created us in His own image (Genesis 1:27). Should we not live like it?