For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

You may have seen the poster that reads: God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind, I will live forever! There is a certain element of truth in the statement as this verse in Ephesians points out. God has planned for us certain tasks or good works which He expects us to do. These tasks were planned before we were even born.

As Jeremiah 1:5 tells us, “Before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Paul writes in Galatians 1:15, “But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace.” We also know from the stories of Joseph and Moses how God planned long in advance that they would be leaders of His people. Likewise it is true of us, God has a plan for our lives and certain things He wants us to accomplish.

Unfortunately the rest of the statement on the poster is not true. If we fail to complete these tasks we will not live forever on earth in order to somehow ‘catch up’. So it is important to find out what God has called us to do and pursue it. The writer to the Hebrews encourages us to do this, “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1. This verse points out that we need our run our race and not someone else’s. So let’s continually seek God for His unique plan for our lives.