So much has been written in recent years about living a purpose-filled life. Rick Warren wrote an excellent book on this subject. But the best book ever written on purpose is Paul’s letter written to the Christians in Rome. Renowned theologian, N.T. Wright calls it his masterpiece because it covers so many different topics but the foremost is our call to receive His power and grace offering our lives to be used for His purposes. He calls us into something for something and that for something is our destiny. We all are wired for purpose, and as believers in Jesus Christ, our call is to follow Him in thought, word, and deed. Exciting to think of our lives in the Master’s hands working with Him to impact our families and world. His ways are higher.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord (Isaiah 55:8)
So the key is getting in touch with His thoughts and His ways so we know our purpose.
And that is the best news ever because He sent His Holy Spirit to help guide us just that way.
Over a year ago, my Daddy became ill and subsequently went to be with Jesus in April. His passing coupled with the loss of a significant relationship and other key losses put me into a downward spiral.
A friend offered to meet with me and after we talked and prayed the mountain of loss in my heart began to move and little by little restoration was complete. I share this with you because during that time I lost vision for the future. I lacked motivation and zeal that I normally have and as I dealt with the loss, my purposeful vision was restored.
Friends, the enemy does not play fair. On his worst day he throws us some curveballs. On his best day when we are worn down, he throws one straight at us. Why? If he can get us to leave our post, forget our call and purpose, mission accomplished. Now listen my friends…
We must never give up; never surrender the hope within, the call within and the vision that God has given each of us as we serve Him on earth.
So let’s get practical. How can we avoid losing our way? We can’t. There are things we can do to stay on track such as staying in God’s Word, listening to the Shepherd’s voice, and worshipping Him daily. But there are seasons when the three deadly “D’s” take their toll: Disappointment, discouragement, and doubt. And when all three of these hit at once it’s difficult to stand. What to do?
- Don’t isolate. Talk to close friends about what is going on. (Jesus had his three close friends).
- Get prayer- get to the root of your situation
- Worship the Lord anyway. In the midst of a storm, sing praises reminding yourself of the Lord’s faithfulness in the past.
Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans that all things work out for those who love God are called according to His purposes. Keep in mind that though the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, He has no claws. He just makes a lot of noise to disrupt God’s plans. But God always wins. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Come join me in my Drawing Near to God community class. I will be teaching Romans and I can assure you that even in the midst of loss and confusion, just as the Roman Christians found courage and purpose you will do the same. And by the way, if you bring a friend with you, let us know and we will give you my devotional Sitting at His Feet. I wrote it when my son was going through a dark, purposeless time. He has found his purpose and you will too!