The Lord and His purpose for us, is perfect and we must realize that we are not. We sometimes fill our head with doubt during our busy lives and it keeps us from living out the purpose that He, God, has established for us. The bible ensures us that the Lord has created us and has given us all a purpose and once God has established His purpose for our lives, no one can do anything to change that. Sometimes we get so busy and wrapped up in our lives that we forget the purpose that God has placed in us. We are driven by demands in our lives and forget that God always has a greater purpose. His purpose not only encompasses our lives, but all the lives around us whether it be at home, school, work, neighborhood, and community; we can always look to God for guidance. Ex. 9:16 says, “For this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power and that my name may be declared throughout the earth.” Pharaoh mistakenly thought that he was in control; however, God put him in the place of being an Egyptian leader for His purpose. God has a purpose for everyone, including those who resist Him. Ultimately, God will get the glory no matter the person, because He is the giver of purpose in every life whether they live for Him or not.
God’s purpose can be fulfilled throughout multiple generations. We can make our plans and set out to see them accomplished, but if we don’t pray and seek God’s direction we would find ourselves drifting in an ocean of problems. Every plan should begin and end with God in mind first. Rom. 8:28 says that, “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” All of us were made in the image of God; each one of us was born with a purpose and calling that we can discover or completely miss, but the influence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the believers give us insight to His purpose for us. We find peace and courage when we sense the confirmation of the Holy Spirit that we are in the right place at the right time of our calling. Hard times can make it difficult to see God’s purpose especially when we only feel pain and grief. Many times we don’t want to be reminded that God is working our difficulty for our good, but if we practice living our lives with the mindset that God is working things out for us, we can have a smoother transition of accepting this truth in the hard places.
I asked a question, what is your God given purpose? That thing God has placed within you? In the old and new testament, we see people who operate in the purpose of God for their lives. People such as Mary, the mother of Jesus; her purpose and calling was to give birth to the Messiah, Jesus, God’s son, which she fulfilled. What then is your purpose? In the beginning God created Adam and Eve and their purpose was to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, which they also did. Yet I ask again, what is your purpose? We see Elizabeth even in her old age fulfilling the purpose of God, bringing forth a son whose name was John and whose purpose was to make and prepare the way for the Messiah, Jesus, calling people to repentance. Another example is Esther, who was crowned queen to save her people, the Jews, which was her purpose and calling. What, I ask, is yours? Going over into the New Testament the disciples fulfilled their purpose and calling. They were charged to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost...”
What is your purpose? Has God called you to be an intercessor, a prayer warrior? Or perhaps a marriage counselor to help mend broken relationships? What is your purpose and calling? To lay hands on the sick, to feed the hungry; To preach the gospel, to prophesy, to mentor youths or teach Sunday school? Is it your purpose to lead praise and worship? Or maybe your purpose in life is being a teacher or a writer; not all is spiritual, some are natural but all are to be used to the honor and glory of God. What then is your calling and purpose? Whatever it is, I pray that you will let God fulfill it in your life because that is the only way to experience true joy, peace and happiness. Now ask yourself this, “Is the will and purpose of God being done in my life?” If not, let us pray:
Dear Father God, in the name of your Son Jesus, I pray that your perfect will and purpose be done in my life; may I decrease and You increase, so that I can bring glory to your Holy, precious and marvelous name. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017