By Philip C Jones
Planet earth is God’s university for mankind. Each person is given the same university course. That course could be called Growing Up into the Fullness of Christ. Depending on how well you pass your tests in the course, conforming to the image of Christ, determines the level of your success in this earth realm and the rewards you will receive in heaven. You see, the more of Christ’s deity is manifested through you, the greater success you will experience in this earth life and the greater your rewards will be upon entering heaven. It’s Christ in you, the Hope of Glory! You will experience God’s purpose for you.
It is most important to God that you graduate from His university as a mature Christian with honors. It is His divine purpose for you on earth to grow up into the fullness of Jesus Christ, a manifested son of God. Second in importance to God is your vocational or ministry calling. However, putting God first place in your life and endeavoring to grow up into the fullness of Christ qualifies you to become a money magnet as you learn and apply God’s economic system of sowing and reaping.
Deuteronomy 8:18 explains God’s purpose for you to have the power to get wealth. It is to establish His covenant in the earth, resulting in the salvation of souls and having your own needs and wants fulfilled.
How do you fulfill God’s purpose for you?
How do you enter God’s university? You enter God’s university the moment you are born on earth. As His university student, you are automatically enrolled in His course designed to help you grow up into the fullness of Christ. To graduate, you must pass His curriculum tests.
Tests are a part of life and without them you can never grow up spiritually. Jesus Christ had to pass tests. Before He began His ministry to preach the gospel, God the Father allowed Satan to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus passed His tests, overcoming all of Satan’s temptations. If Satan tempted Jesus, he will tempt you. Therefore, you must trust in God’s grace to help you pass your tests if you are to graduate.
But you might ask, “What about those people that have never heard the gospel? How can they ever graduate?” God says in Romans 1:20 that all have an opportunity to believe God because nature declares the glory of God. Romans 2:15 declares God’s law is written in the heart of man. If a person follows the “moral compass” of his or her heart, then he or she will be saved. If they refuse to walk uprightly before God, they will be eternally damned.
Though God is just and must punish sin, He is merciful and fair, “not willing that anyone should perish” according to 2 Peter 3:9. God tells us in Deuteronomy 4:29 if we seek God, we will find Him, if we seek Him with all our heart and soul. Therefore, no one is exempt from seeking and obeying God. Everyone, whether they hear the gospel or not, has an opportunity to seek and know God, to graduate to maturity.
How to pursue your purpose
What is the most important thing you should do once you discover you must pass God’s curriculum tests to fulfill your purpose on earth to grow up into the fullness of Christ? Hunger, thirst, pray, fast, strive, do whatever the Lord leads you to do to be baptized in the fire of God. Why the fire? The fire of God burns out the fear, the timidity, the sin, the selfishness, the apathy and anything else that would hinder you from walking in the power, love and perfect will of God.
Yes, you should get plugged into a local church. Yes, you should be baptized in water. Yes, you should have a daily prayer time with God. Yes, you should daily read and study God’s Word. Yes, you should be a witness for Christ. But most important, be baptized in the fire, power and love of God. John the Baptist put it like this, “He (Jesus) shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (Matthew 3:11b).
You want to please God? Want to do great exploits for the King of Kings. You want to be an effective soul winner for Jesus? You want abundance and no lack? You want to grow up into the fullness of Christ and graduate with honors? Get the fire!
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
Financial three step plans, money making formulas and sowing and reaping scriptures can all be well and good, but if you have a poverty stronghold lodged and hidden in your mind, you may never enter your earthly wealthy place. If you feel you might have a poverty mental stronghold keeping you from your wealthy place and you want to be set free, then click on “Free from a Poverty Mental Stronghold” below.
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” We are commanded by Him in Mark 16:15 to witness to the lost. Please don’t be a disobedient Christian and lose your soul winner’s crown awaiting you in heaven.
Phillip Jones can be reached at: Crown[email protected]