Destined to Thrive
God created us to thrive in freedom and purpose.
We were made for so much more than what the world tells us to live for. God designed us to walk in freedom and to live on purpose. He has designed every human to know Him personally and to live fruitful and vibrant lives.
“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed…. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
Genesis 2:8-9 NIV
I think many of us assume Adam was created just to “hang out” with God every day. But as we can see in the verse above, God didn’t create Adam for no reason. God created Adam with the intention of Adam tending to the Garden of Eden.
What could have this life been like? Adam had the beautiful gift of living in the freedom of God’s original design all while living out the purpose God gave him. It had to have been a satisfying life. Before sin entered the world, Adam and Eve lived out their God given purpose and had all their needs provided for. There was no fear, no shame, nothing separating them from God and the plan He gave them to walk out. They experienced God and His plans every day in such a real tangible way- the way it was meant to be.
But unfortunately, the fall happened. In Genesis 3, the account of Eve encountering the serpent is told. The serpent deceived Eve into thinking that God was holding out on them when God said, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:16-17 NIV)
What we learn from this story is that God told Eve to not do something, she disobeyed, and then sin entered the world forever. As you keep on reading in Genesis 3, we learn that Adam and Eve were eventually banished from the garden because of their disobedience to God. What I find fascinating is that when the serpent deceived Adam and Eve, he got them completely derailed from the purpose that God had for them. Their purpose was to know God, live, and work in the freedom He gave them. When they were expelled from Eden, they were separated from their God-given purpose.
Isn’t it amazing that the enemy still does this same thing today?
We’re all born into this world of sin and brokenness. Depending on your circumstances, you may be someone who grew up not knowing God, maybe you were told false things about God, or maybe you have had internal struggles with your faith. The enemy of this world is at work to warp the character of God to a world that so desperately needs Him. But no matter who you are, no matter what has happened to you in your life, God sent His only Son to die on a cross and rise from the dead so you can thrive once again. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had access to the tree of life. They chose to ignore it and were separated from God’s beautiful plan of intimacy with creation. But God loved us too much to stay away. Jesus Christ was God’s redemption plan. Jesus Christ is the tree of Life that we have access to so we can be whole once again. No matter your story, God wants to use the broken pieces of your life and string them together to put you on display as an instrument for His glory.
We all have brokenness, but God loves us too much to let us remain broken. He wants to speak to your heart and lead you down the path of everlasting life, full of freedom and purpose.
When we finally decide to trust God and His leading, the enemy isn’t going to sit back and allow this to happen without a fight. Just like the serpent slithered right up to Eve and whispered doubts to her, he does the same thing to us today. As soon as we get ourselves on the right track, the doubts and fears begin to flood our minds. How often does God say something to us, and then we being to hear that voice of doubt in the back of our heads? “Did God really say…?”
If the enemy can get us to doubt God’s voice, he can get us side-tracked from our God-given purpose and destiny. He can get you to believe lies that aren’t true about yourself. He can get you to build bad mindsets that can keep you from truly hearing what God has to say.
The enemy will do anything he can to get us to walk away from God and our purpose. Maybe it’s an old wound that’s been festering? Maybe there’s a deep root of un-forgiveness that you just can’t seem to get over? Maybe it’s a sin that you’ve been hiding? Maybe it’s a lie you’ve believed your whole life because of something someone said to you? Whatever the enemy is trying to use to “separate” you from God, let me remind you of this truth:
Romans 8:31, 37-39 says “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Even though we may at times feel “separated” from God, our feelings are quite wrong. No matter where you’re at in life today, nothing can separate you from God’s love for you. Because of Jesus and the power of His resurrection, the moment you put your faith and trust in Him is the moment you are adopted into the family of God. In this moment, every spiritual blessing in heaven becomes yours. Every sin is washed away. Your past is forgiven. This also means every ounce of strength you need to break free is available to you because Christ dwells within you.
Let that truth sink in today.
The same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives inside of you. I pray this truth empowers you to keep running your race. Don’t give into defeat. Don’t accept what happened to you in the past and don’t believe the enemies lies.
Many of us don’t feel ready to be used by God. We don’t feel worthy due to our own brokenness. But God isn’t looking for people who are “perfect.” He is looking for the broken so He can show Himself mightily through them. God wants to give you a story of healing and transformation so when people look at your life, you can give all glory to Him and testify to the life found in Jesus Christ.
No matter who you are, come to Jesus. And even when you fall, keep coming back to Jesus. Don’t let the lies of the enemy stop you from knowing your heavenly Father who loves you so much. You were destined for so much more. You were destined to thrive.