There is an amazing verse in the New Testament that sheds a light on the righteousness of God, which He has provided for all men, also for you!
In Luke 7: 29-30 we read:
“All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.”
Jesus had been teaching intently on the kingdom of God and the baptism of John. The crowds who were listening were ready to be baptized, even criminals and many who were hated at the time. But there was an exception: the Pharisees and the scribes were not baptized and refused to respond to Jesus’ words and repent.
And now comes Jesus’ astounding interpretation: “They made God’s purpose for their own lives ineffective through their conduct!” Wow! Jesus did not say to these theologically educated people, “We can talk about it again sometime,” or, “Whenever you have the time, we can talk about the importance of dedicating your life to God.” No, He was sure of one thing: people determine through their own conduct and attitude whether the counsel of God will impact their lives – or not.
What a powerful statement the Messiah made!
You and I – every human being in the world – consciously or unconsciously influences whether God’s destiny is fulfilled in our lives! The heart decisions you and I make have much more meaning and lead to consequences much more often than we think.
It was not clear to those high-ranking spiritual authorities of the time that they could close their path to heaven with their narrowness and dogmatism. They were obviously unaware that their pride, religious haughtiness, and humanistic arrogance could block them from receiving the most glorious blessings. Although they probably knew the Bible (Old Testament) better than us, they missed the fullness of God’s plan!
Conversely, our heart – i.e. the attitude of our heart – can make a decisive and positive impact on whether or not God’s plan and His purpose can be completely fulfilled in our lives.
So, what can this mean for our everyday lives?
If you take in Jesus’ words daily (for example, by studying the Bible, in worship, in prayer, etc.) and ask the Holy Spirit to help you incorporate what you have learned into your everyday life, each step will bring you closer to God’s destiny for your life. Then, God’s purpose and counsel can guide you toward the good things He has prepared for you.
You are more important than you think! Your decisions have a lot to do with the release of God’s plan in your life. I wish for you with all my heart that you experience the fulfillment of God’s wonderful purpose for your life more and more every single day.