God’s love will never change. He said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3). Paul informs us, “nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, thinkable or unthinkable – – absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love… (Romans 8:38). God’s word is a solid basis upon which to build a good life as well because it never changes either. “The grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). The third thing that will never change is God’s purposes for our life. Proverbs 19:21 says, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purposes will prevail.” The Psalmist sins, “But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”

At Country Bible Church we talk about God’s purposes under three major headings; Love, Learn, Live. The most important and foremost purpose of God for our lives is to Love him. Jesus called this the greatest commandment. He said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). We express this love for God in our worship services. This begins by coming to faith in Jesus and expressing that faith in true worship. We are also called to a second commandment. Jesus continued “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We are not only called to believe in God, but to belong to his family. Amongst our fellow believers we practice our love for God as we grow in our love for each other. We also learn with others about God. We must be continually growing in the “grace and knowledge” of the Lord. God’s purpose is to love and learn, but it’s also to live. We must practice our love for others and for God by applying all that we learn from God’s word to everything we do in our lives. Living out our faith consists of serving others and sharing our faith with the world. We must love, learn and live!

For those whose hearts are set on fulfilling God’s purposes in their lives, He has given us a great promise in Romans 8:28. It says, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” David was given one of the best epitaphs of any other of the great biblical characters. It’s recorded for us in Acts chapter 13, verse 36. It says that David “had served the purpose of God in his own generation, then he died and was laid with his fathers…” I’d love it if that could be said about me! Wouldn’t you?

“When I think of the wisdom of the scope of God’s plan, I fall on my knees and pray to the Father of all the great family of God…” Ephesians 3:14-15