"I wish that none should perish. That is the priority of My heart for your creation. It is the reason that I have set everything in motion since the fall of Adam and Eve. Their fall was no surprise. The need for redemption was no surprise. Every action by every individual born of woman was no surprise. All that has happened, is happening, and will happen is right on My timetable. There are no surprises when it comes to those who are to spend eternity with Me.
"Where each of you spends that eternity is My heart behind My Word. It is the central focus of all that I have created thus far. Consider this. Pause quietly and think on what I am about to say. Before any of My other creation processes will unfold, the redemption of your generation must be completed. That is how important each and every day of your existence is.
"With that in mind, I would have you consider your reasons for everything that you do compared to My reasons for your life. What is the purpose for your every action? I have a specific plan for your birth. Have you taken the time to really find out what it is and function in it with the same importance that I place on your days? Look at the life of Jesus. He is your example. For everything that He was, for all that has been said about Him, most people have not applied His zeal for the fulfillment of My plan to their lives. His every breath was dedicated to My desire that none should perish. That is the way I want you to live.
"Your specific task is part of the overall fulfillment of My plan. If you get in line with My heart from now on, everywhere you go and whatever you do will have that purpose in mind. Turn now from every other distraction. I need you. So does everyone around you."
Genesis 1:27-28a AMP
27) So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28a) And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]...
2 Samuel 14:14b NIV
"But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him."
John 4:34 NIV
"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work."
John 5:19 AMP
So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].
Did you ever stop to think that everything from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 deals with the plan of God for you and me? He tells us of a single, former creation that He focused on before us and now uses for His greater plan. He also shows us that there is much more that will be happening after He is finished with our processing.
Now, some of you may have fully understood that long ago, but it has taken awhile for me to become acutely aware of it. Think this through with me. Could it be that you and I have become so involved with the day-to-day circumstances of our lives, that we really haven't heard the very point that our God was making when He had His authors write down His Words? Could we be so busy discerning every jot and tittle of what they said that we have overlooked the essence of the heart of our Father?
A whole universe was set in motion and the planet that we call earth was created so that our feet would have a place to rest. A whole new world will be created after we have no more need for this one. That's some pretty heavy information we have been given. To have set that all in motion tells me that our Father in heaven is pretty much involved with us.
For many years, the prominent phrase traveling through the church was, "It's all about Jesus," meaning that our life is not about us; but about Him and what is important to Him. What I hadn't understood fully was the fact that God's life has been focused on each one of us for this time in His history because His heart is that none should perish. The problem arises when we take the fact of God's love for man and consume it upon ourselves, but don't carry it further by allowing that love to flow to those around us and bring others to Him. In other words, it's wonderful that He may be all about us - please keep that in the context of this message - but we can't be all about us. If we really understood the fact that our God truly has our best interests in mind, it should generate a vibrant love within each of us that's just waiting to be unleashed at every opportunity.
If it is true that God's life has been centered around our best interests as part of this creation, and if some of our Lord's incredibly precious time - the Lord of everything
who left everything and came to earth to die for our benefit - was taken so that we might have a way to be delivered from the horrible prospect of being separated from God, then wouldn't you think that each of us should place a little more importance on that purpose also? How do we do that? Once again, intimacy with the Lord is the key. If we truly know Him, how can we not burst forth with an eagerness to share Him with others, so that they might know Him, too!
Is it not time for us to get in line with God's desires? Shouldn't we care about what He cares about? Let's truly get to know Him so that we can't help but share Him, giving others the opportunity to come into His fullness as well! If it's important to God, it should be important to us!
Turn me back to You, Lord,