On Purpose… “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” Proverbs 20:5
What is your unique purpose? Do you live uniquely you, or are you fulfilling a role you really resent? Perhaps you start by asking, ‘What does my Savior Jesus expect of me?’ Christ has clearly pronounced His purposes, “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). The Lord has already laid out your plan of rewarding activities on His behalf.
Start by examining your passions, not what just excites you, but what roles are you willing to suffer and persevere on purpose. Vocational ministry may seem noble, but can you forgive in the face of rejection, and can you serve without man’s recognition and affirmation? A minister’s purpose is to remain a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry…”(1 Timothy 1:12). He chooses us for His purposes and glory.
Indeed, each season of life is defined by a new set of purposes. When you are single you lay a foundation of financial and moral responsibility. When you are married you prepare for a family and develop friendships in a similar season of life. When you have children you serve unselfishly and teach intentionally the ways of God. When you are an ‘empty nester’ you enjoy your spouse, mentor and aggressively invest in the Kingdom of God.
Above all, get before God and allow Him to define your purposes. Then stay on purpose with the focused disciplines of prayer and execution. If you are a teacher teach, a student study, a mom mother, a dad father, a leader lead, an artist create, a programmer program, a blogger blog, a consultant consult, and a manager mange. Whatever you do, become the best you can be, before God and man. Am I on purpose or do I need to adjust my actions? Do my passions, gifts and skills align around a common purpose, all for God’s glory? “They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen” (Acts 4:28).
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
February 24, 2021
“The best way to help others is for our love to be wedded to their dignity.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 24, 2021 In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, [...]
February 23, 2021
“Ask for help, trust Him, and listen.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 23, 2021 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17 I can be a [...]
February 22, 2021
“When we pray for people who are hard to love, it becomes hard not to love them!” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 22, 2021 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his [...]