I don’t know about you, but I am done just existing.
I am ready to truly live. I am done living just following the status quo of the world. I want to live each day knowing fully well, that I am doing what God created and called me to do. I don’t want to stand before God someday and I am shown a different life I should have lived, could have lived, a life He had planned but I never lived.
I know many of us growing up had dreams, goals, and careers in mind. We decided whether or not to go to college. And if we decided to attend college, we picked the college and major based on our dreams and goals. Many of us basically lived with just one focus and goal. I did.
Every decision was made with that future career and life as a focus. And many of us have come so far and we are so close to actually living the dream while many are already living the dream.
But I wonder if we ever paused and asked,
“God, is this your will or purpose for me?”
“Have you called me to what I am doing?”
Or are we just doing what we do without caring about what God’s will is? Are we in that career because it makes us look good and sound important? Are we doing it because parents said we should? Are we doing it because others told us to? What or who exactly is your reason for how you are living your life?
There’s a burning desire in each of us that screams, “What am I made for? What am I suppose to be doing?” “Why am I here?” But many of us quench or ignore this desire because we just want to do what we think is best and comfortable for us.
But the realization that we only get to live once on this earth makes me want to live it right. It makes me want to live the life God planned for me. And living such a life requires us to come to the end of ourselves and accept God’s will for us.
We can’t live a life of purpose without surrendering our free will to God.
We must realize that purpose is different from success. And God’s definition of success is different from the world’s definition.
THE COST OF PURPOSE
Purpose has many costs and we must be ready to pay for it. The cost of purpose is suffering, persecution, being uncomfortable, sacrifice, waiting, growth and walking by faith. It will even cost us relationships.
God’s purpose for you will require you to walk at God’s pace and do away with everything you think you know.
You will literally have to live out Proverbs 3: 5-6 if you haven’t been living it.
“Trust in the Lord with all your might and lean not to your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and He shall direct and make your path straight.”
To walk in purpose, you must be ready to partner and walk with God and not give ears to what the world is saying.
Because many times God will tell you to do what I call “ridiculously perfect” things. It is “ridiculous” to you and the world but to God, it is “Perfect” in His plan and purpose for you. This is where a strong and firm faith in God comes into play. You only see pieces that look ridiculous but God sees the whole picture and to him everything is perfect.
For and in purpose, be ready to walk by faith and not sight, trusting that God is working everything out for your good.
Lastly, understand that walking and living in purpose is not for you and me to boast that we have arrived. In fact, God created and places us in purpose not for our sake but for the edification of the church and His glory.
So, don’t expect purpose to be all glamorous and easy but it comes with peace, joy, contentment and an eternal reward.
So, are you ready for purpose or you still want to keep playing it safe in the world?
If you are ready? All you need say is, “Yes, Lord” and be intentional.
Just as you and I would go to college to learn about our future career, speak to our professors, spend time in textbooks and in articles. We studied and studied. There were sleepless nights, there were crying and frustrating night but finally we graduated and it was all worth it.
Living in purpose won’t require less of that from you but even more. It requires constantly asking God for direction, spending more time in the Bible because after all,
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
So, if you are ready for God’s purpose for your life, you’ve gotta surrender and draw close to Him in prayer and in His word. Walk by faith and he will direct your path.
You are Eternally Loved