Jesus grew up knowing he was born for a purpose. “Running the race set before Him” (Heb. 12:2), Jesus never wavered. He lived his entire life secure in the knowledge of His heavenly Father’s plan.
Like Jesus, John the Baptist also knew he had been born for a purpose. He also was faithful in running his race. But at the lowest point of his life on earth, sitting in prison waiting to be executed, he was struck with doubt. Perhaps needing assurance that his life’s work had not been in vain, he sent a message to Jesus asking ‘are you the Christ?’ No doubt, Jesus’ answer was all that John needed.
Maybe we don’t think of ourselves as people of destiny—certainly not like John or Jesus. But, in fact, we were chosen in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world for specific “good works”—the very purpose of our being (Eph. 1:4, 2:10). The next time you have feelings of futility, and wonder why you are here on earth at this time, remember this: you are no accident—God has destined you to be here. A quick survey of the geopolitics is all you need to know you are living in one of the most exciting times in the history of civilization. You are living in 2011 intentionally—“for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).