The ABCs of God's Love Letter: Ordain
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This Week We're Looking at Ordain
What does it mean when we say God ordains, or has ordained something? One dictionary defines ordain as: to establish or order by appointment, decree, or law.
This is the heart of what it means to say that God ordains. He created with purpose, by decree. He spoke, and it was done. As we study His works, whether outside in nature or in the classroom under a microscope, or in a textbook, we discover a world full of meaning, order, beauty, truth.
That time leads to fruitful questions of “why” and “how” “Do You really…?” I say fruitful, because the LORD loves to answer our questions, and uses them as a means to grow our faith. Those times spent in awe of our Creator help us realize the beauty of His Sovereignty, of His having ordained all that we see, smell, hear, touch, and even taste, and our role amongst the rest of His creation.
Do you ever ask this question, wondering “who am I in light of all Your other work, what am I to You?” Jesus addressed this very thing with His disciples. He not only chose them but also ordained that they would do purposeful work. They belong in His kingdom, and had meaningful kingdom work to do.
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” John 15:16
So it is with you and me! God has ordained our lives with a purpose, we have a meaningful role in His kingdom. He has appointed us to be the fragrance of Christ wherever we are. For each of us that will look different. This will include our roles, our relationships, our careers, our involvement in local churches. We are not asked to figure out how to do this on our own. Rather, as we look to God with the same heart as the Psalmist, as we abide in Christ, we find our place and the good works He has prepared for us!
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Emily Darnell lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and children, and loves to be outdoors as often as possible. She earned her Masters of Arts in Philosophical Theology, and worked in Student Affairs at a university for 10 years. She now homeschools her children, and is active in the Women's Ministry at her local church.
She loves sharing what she learns as a follower Jesus and just published her first book—her Book Baby, Deep Simplicity: Meditations on Abiding in Christ.
Emily enjoys the outdoors, whether gardening, teaching her children about nature, hiking, camping, or otherwise adventuring with her family. She also enjoys good conversations—especially accompanied by coffee or tea, music, good books, and is an aspiring urban homesteader.
Deep Simplicity: Meditations on Abiding in Christ
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What does Ordain mean to you?
11/17/2020 11:11:05 am
"God has ordained our lives with a purpose, we have a meaningful role in His kingdom. He has appointed us to be the fragrance of Christ wherever we are. For each of us that will look different. This will include our roles, our relationships, our careers, our involvement in local churches." I find it so interesting that God gives us so much variety in our ordaining and living out his plan in our lives.
11/17/2020 06:13:29 pm
I love that quote, Theresa! :) And I love the fact that God gives us so much variety in the way we live our His grand plan! :)
11/17/2020 03:00:56 pm
Emily, I like to think of myself as forever 55! It's all relative, yes? I have been ordained to be an ambassador of Hope and Truth.
11/17/2020 06:14:14 pm
I love that you are living this out, Susan! :)
11/17/2020 03:43:49 pm
I love pondering the mystery of God's sovereignty and his plan.
11/17/2020 06:15:50 pm
I'm just so glad that He is in charge of that plan and not me!
11/17/2020 06:17:31 pm
I love Emily's post too, Donna. Agreed —> THOUGHT PROVOKING for sure!
11/18/2020 12:00:29 pm
Great deep dive. Thank you.
11/18/2020 05:30:02 pm
It is, Lauren! I love where Emily writes, "God has ordained our lives with a purpose, we have a meaningful role in His kingdom. He has appointed us to be the fragrance of Christ wherever we are." So thought provoking!
11/20/2020 09:21:27 am
Thank you for the reminder that God is purposefully at work all around us. Our family is certainly finding this to be true. Even more so in the midst of all that's going on this year. We just have to be on the lookout for it–which is something we are learning to do.
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