The Seventh Sign: Purpose (Part 1)Print This Post
“….for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
I once read where an economist said, “Unemployment is a characteristic unique to the human species only. All other creatures and created things seem to know what they are supposed to be doing—and are doing it.” Do you know what you’re supposed to be doing? And, are you doing it?
Research shows that one of the greatest fears people face is having lived a meaningless life. Yet, research also shows that there is nothing more common than unrealized potential. Most of us live our lives caught in the tension between these two things. On the one hand we want to make a difference; on the other hand we seem willing to settle for things that we ourselves know are less than our best.
Why is this so?
Perhaps the thing that is missing is a deep and abiding sense of purpose. It is certain that if we are being led by the Spirit of God then our path will inevitably intersect with those divine markers whereby we are taken into God’s higher purpose for our lives.
At the young age of twelve Jesus said, “I must be about My Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). We can see how this single, abiding purpose drove His every word and action….right up to the Cross.
On one occasion when He was challenged for healing on the Sabbath, Jesus said, “the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19). And in another place, “I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28). And once more, “I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.” (John 12:49).
He was twelve years old when He said, “I must be about My Father’s business.” What were you doing when you were twelve? What are you doing now? Let me ask it this way, “What must you do with your life?” Sooner or later we each must be able to answer that question with clarity and conviction. The sooner the better.
Here’s something to help focus your life. All of us see others doing things and we say, “I could do that.” But we don’t; perhaps because its because someone else is already doing it. Or we say, “I should do that,” as if we are pricked in our conscience and feel the need to respond. Yet, somehow the moment passes and we still don’t do it. And then sometimes we say, “I would do that”– but we follow with a good reason why we won’t do it; and it usually affixes blame to somebody or something else.
I’ve discovered that could do, should do, and would do – never do! They simply lack the power to move our hearts to action. No, what you are looking for is that defining moment when something deep inside you says, “I must do that!”
In that moment you have taken your first step into discovering your PURPOSE. We will talk more about this tomorrow.