“When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathæa, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple…” Matthew 27 vs. 57 (KJV)
So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?” “I will go,” she said. Genesis 24 vs. 58 (NIV)
In order to fulfil your destiny, there are choices which you have to make. Everything does not depend on God alone. He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself; however, you have a responsibility to do that which you ought to. Fulfilling your destiny takes place one decision at a time. Though God has positioned you, though He had set you in your proper place, but you have a choice set before you. A choice that you must make.
When the children of Israel set out to enter the promised Land, because they had not been on that road before, God gave them a leader, and the cloud of glory to direct them. As long as they followed that cloud of glory, and honoured their leaders, they would surely get into the promised Land.
God has given every man who will ever fulfill purpose in life a leader. That leader is the person of Christ Jesus. John said, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. … the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” John 1 vs. 4, 9 NKJV.
Christ is the light by whom all men see in order to fulfill God’s will for their lives. It is not like if you refuse to follow Jesus you won’t be rich, or successful in life. I am very glad that many of the richest, most famous and most successful men on earth today do not believe in Jesus. However, none of them is by any means fulfilling God’s plan for his/her life so long as he/she does not believe in and follow Jesus the Christ.
If the Arimathean had not made the right choice to become a disciple of Jesus, he could have still been a rich man. In fact, he could have built a wonderful temple for God singlehandedly, he could have sponsored thousands of children to school, and could have helped the poor and the widows. All these are good works and could have helped him to gain wide acclaim before fellow Jews. However, if the Arimathean did not bury Jesus, he would have failed his assignment in life; and there is no way he would have buried Jesus if he did not choose to become a disciple of Jesus himself.
This is the tragedy of any life who refuses to follow the Light (Jesus). He may do many wonderful things and receive many wonderful awards, but will not be granted the privilege of fulfilling God’s plan for his life. This is not because God is angry and will hide his purpose from him, but because he will not have the light to walk in the way that will lead to the will of God being perfected.
So, if you have received Jesus into your life and has believed in Him, I congratulate you. You have made a wise choice. Now your race can begin. However if you have not chosen Jesus yet, I can only ask, “what are you waiting for”. God is just a call away. In Acts 17, Paul said to the Areopagus council, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ “ Acts 17 vs. 26 -28 ESV.
Beloved, that is the choice before us. It was the choice that the Arimathean made. It was not popular, it was not easy for him. Perhaps that was why he was not so out with it before the death of Jesus. But he took that decision nonetheless, and that is why we are discussing him today.
So, it all begins with letting Jesus have His way in your life, letting the light shine on you, and in the words of brother Chris Delvan Gwamna,
“No one can know the way to the Father, no one can see His face, you cannot unveil the will of the Father, His purpose for your life.
No one can know the way to the Father, no matter how hard you try, you cannot discover the will of the Father, except you meet the Son, unless you have the Son.”
That Son is Jesus. Choosing Him is the best decision and in fact the only one, if you must fulfill God’s will for your life. For it is indeed Christ in you, that is the hope of glory.