Purposeful Heart - Heart Series 10
Who wants to live a life without purpose? Most start with some purpose in mind but along the way they are discouraged, distracted, and lose their way. Sadly, many today live as the proverbial frog in the pot of water. As the water is slowly heated, the frog "adjusts" to the temperature difference; he does not sense any danger, so he remains in the pot, until he is boiled alive.
Living without purpose is wasting your life a second at a time. Losing a moment seems negligible and insignificant, but each moment is unrecoverable; it is gone forever. God doesn't want us living this way. We are to be as He is, purposeful. From the very beginning, God had a plan. He made an environment for humans to live in, and everything they needed to thrive. When they decided to sin, He had already made a way for them to return to Him. And then, He spiritually gifted each one of us at salvation so that we can benefit the assembly of believers. Today as always, He is operating with purpose.
Further, He has a specific purpose for each of us. We are uniquely created in our mother's womb by the hand of God. He places specific talents within us that can be helpful to all mankind; we all have a contribution that we can make to the human race. David said, "The Lord will work out His plans for my life.." (Psalm 138:8) Paul agreed when he spoke in Antioch of Pisidia, "for after David had done the will of God in his own generation he died…" (Acts 13:36)
Let's not stop with David. Moses had a purpose given to him by God. God said to him, "I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt." (Exodus 3:10) This must have brought meaning to Moses' life. Being hidden in the river reeds, adopted by the Pharaoh's daughter, trained as a warrior and educated as elite in Egypt, aware of his significance by his parents but not humbled yet by it. So, he tries to bring about his purpose by his own hand and does nothing but get in trouble. That leads to a purposeful 40 years in the wilderness, to be of substantial benefit to him when he returns with the people of Israel.
Saul had a purposeful life but it was one for the purification of Jewish tradition. God changed his purpose on the road to Damascus and he said, "I have been chosen as a preacher and apostle to teach the Gentiles…" (1 Timothy 2:7) Joseph's purpose was to save Jacob's family by bringing them to Egypt. Egypt would become the womb that would protect them until the right time for their exit with Moses. Samuel was purposed by his mother to serve God all his life. (1 Samuel 1:11, 22, 28; 3:1-14) Noah was purposed to save his family while all other families died in the flood. (Genesis 9:9, 22) Mary's purpose was to be the instrument of God to bring Jesus into the world. (Luke 1:30, 38, 45) These are just examples of how God purposes people, all of us.
Here is the confidence, "the Lord's purpose will prevail." (Proverbs 19:21) This is delineated further when the psalmist said, "The Lord frustrates the plans [purposes] of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. But the Lord's plans stand firm forever; His intentions [purposes] can never be shaken." (Psalm 33:10-11) See this in the Tower of Babel and the rise and fall of world superpowers in each century since the beginning.
So, what should be your response to this understanding? David exampled a right response when he said, "I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill His purpose for me." (Psalm 57:2) Confidence that God has a purpose for you, finding out what it is, and seeing it set into motion will give you a purposeful heart; one where your mind, emotion and will are locked into the direction that will bring good from God through you to the world.Key Takeaway: Living with purpose designed by God for you will bring confidence to your daily activities.