Thursday, January 17, 2013

What's My Purpose

Ever wondered about your purpose or what God’s will is?  Yeah, I have too. 

Jesus actually talks a little about this in Matthew 6:25-34.  In these verses of scripture Jesus takes the time to speak about the worries of this life (our essential needs--food, clothing, health, shelter).  Jesus says in v. 33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”  What is Jesus trying to tell us here?  What does it mean to seek first the Kingdom?  Well, I think Jesus is trying to tell us that there are really two kingdoms at work in this world.  One of those kingdoms is where we reign, where we are in control, and it’s the one ruled by Satan.  Eesh, I don’t want anything to do with that Kingdom.  I wonder though, I wonder, how often we get caught up in that kingdom and don’t even realize it.  The other Kingdom though is the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom where God reigns, not us, but Him.  We are very active in this Kingdom, but God’s the one who is in control of our lives.  We are submitted to Him, seeking Him, desiring to honor His Name instead of our own.  When we start seeking Him amazing things start to happen.  Life just gets easier.  Now, it doesn't always mean circumstances get easier, but that place in our hearts that likes to wrestle, and worry experiences peace instead of anxiety. 

So, you want to know what your purpose is?  Then start seeking God.  Don’t try to take control.  Say goodbye to yourself and hello to Jesus.  Submit to Him, the Father who knows and has a plan.  The Holy Spirit will guide you and show you your purpose in Him.  One word of caution though, I think we are always looking for God to use us in some grand way.  Don’t be surprised if God uses you on a much smaller scale that you expected.  Oh, but nothing, no work for the Kingdom is small in God’s eyes! 

 This life is not about making our name great, it’s about making His Name great!  Here’s a little something to get you started on seeking God’s will for your life.  Ready?  Okay, here it goes.

"One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’   There is no commandment greater than these.”" Mark 12:28-31

Is God first in your life?  Are you seeking Him for the call of your life?  Or are you seeking money, prestige, and a name for yourself?  What about your neighbor?  I dare you to start pouring out your life to others and see if you just might experience some sense of purpose and fulfillment. 

As life goes on and each year passes by as you walk submitted to the Lord Jesus, you will realize it becomes easier to know His will, to sense His direction, to hear His voice. 

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