To be effective means successfully producing a desired or intended result. As believers, we were created for a certain purpose; to fulfil God’s divine plan. God’s intention for us as seen is Gen 1:28 is for us for be fruitful which means He wants us our lives to be productive. For us to achieve this, we need to be effective, to stand out and be a great blessing to others. Our purpose in life is best understood when we have a clear understanding of his view of us. It is not what we have gone through or the situations we find ourselves in or even the limitations we think we have that defines us, it is what God thinks about us, because he created us.
The understanding of our purpose becomes unclear when we are far away from Him and that is why it has always been God’s plan to reconcile us to Himself through Christ. In Christ, the fullness of God’s will for our lives is established. We need not find the meaning and essence of our lives outside the person of Christ in us. When we do not live within God’s will and plan, we impede our ability to live effectively and productively. It’s ironic that some believers try to find fulfilment and meaning outside the person of Christ. I am reminded of a story told by Russell Conwell-“Acres of Diamond” of an African Farmer who was told about how others have become enriched through the discovery of diamond mines. He decided to sell his farm and travel around the world in search of diamonds. After a long travel, he became fully exhausted then he plunged into a river and drowned.
Meanwhile, the other farmer who bought his farm was walking by the stream inside the farm one day and found a shiny stone, he picked up the stone and kept this by the fireplace out of curiosity. He had a visitor one day and the stone seating by the fireplace caught his attention. He asked his farmer friend if he knew what he had, but the farmer replied that he didn’t and added that he has a lot of the stones sitting at the bank of his stream. The visitor told him that what he had on the fireplace place was one of the largest piece of diamond ever discovered. It turned out that the farm was one of the largest productive diamond mines in the continent of Africa.
The moral of this story is that, what we are seeking for in life maybe right near us or perhaps living on the inside of us. When we understand who we are in Christ, it brings a whole new and fulfilling meaning to life. Here are seven (7) of the many things the person of Christ brings into our lives.
1) You become a new creation in Him – 2 Corinthians 5:17
2) You receive the gift of Grace – Ephesians 2:8
3) You become the light of the world – Matthew 5:14
4) You become righteous and Holy – Ephesians 4:24
5) You become a Victor- Romans 8:37
6) You are chosen by God to be fruitful – John 15:16
7) You are designed for good works – Ephesians 2:10
Christ is more than sufficient for us as believers and that’s the best and greatest gift we can ever have on earth. Paul, while encouraging the Ephesian church in Ephesians 3:14-21, made three prayer requests for them;
That they would:
1) Be strengthened with the might of the Spirit- allow the full work of the Spirit in their lives
2) Comprehend the love of Christ – Full understanding of His love and that this takes root in their lives.
3) Be filled with the fullness of God- Living out the character and virtues of God in truth and honesty. That this will continue to be developed in them
When these are fully manifested in us, then we can be truly fruitful and effective in our Christian walk. For us to continue to achieve God’s intended result for our lives, we must find our meaning and purpose in the finished work of Christ.