Title: A GUIDE TO PURPOSE- 4
the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were createdRevelation 4:10-11
Have you ever heard the beautiful sound of rustling leaves or tree branches when they sway to the left and to the right? Have you ever watched the wonderful transition of seed into tree and tree bearing succulent fruits for your eating pleasure? Have you carefully observed the way of the animals, the birds, sea creatures and the land beasts? Have you observed the Majesty of the lion and how the beasts of prey pounce on their meal, or how the herbivores carefully eat away at whatever soil produce they can find?
If you ever stop to consider these, there is this indescribable touch to it. People may call it nature, but I call it worship. You see, everything God created, He made to worship Him uniquely. Scientists say the species of animals on the earth range from 2 million to 50 million. Each of these species, all animals, yet different and unique in their existence. Or do we talk about plants, even as little as grasses. These things grow everywhere. But not a single thing in existence is a mistake. All are a deliberate instrument of praise to God. Imagine 2 to 50 million diverse worship! Then, how much more you!
You see, in the walk down the path of purpose, there shouldn’t be any struggle as to what and what you’re here to do. God doesn’t intend for you to suffer that. It’s frustrating trying to ‘find’ purpose. It’s like a bird trying to find it’s place on the earth. Remember how Jesus told us to see how birds don’t fret over what is or what isn’t, they aren’t struggling to survive or anything. They just live and God sustains them. Do you know that if you can just make up your mind to be God’s vessel on the earth, living one day at a time, worshipping God from your heart and through your works towards others, you will find the peace and satisfaction of a life of purpose? – Matt. 6:25-34
You see, a life of purpose is a life that is making a difference in the lives of others. A life that goes beyond living for yourself but for God’s pleasure. Someone doesn’t know that their act of kindness would be God’s way of telling those they helped that He cares about them. Another person doesn’t know that their writings or songs will one day be used by God to reach a man about to commit suicide and thus save him. One person doesn’t know that one day he’ll be running on a race track and God would use him as a tool to save a family who would have been blown to bits in a gas explosion at home if they were not out watching him from run that day. This list can go on.
The core of a purpose-driven life is the mindset behind it. One person is practicing medicine as a means to becoming famous and earn a name for himself and be rich in the earth, but another is practicing the same medicine to be a medical practitioner with a difference, the one that will bring smiles to the hurting and raise sick people from the bed, the one who will be the face and voice of God in the medical field. Do you see that? This is the distinguishing point between a life of purpose and an ordinary life. One thinks he’ll find satisfaction but at the end, he won’t, even after gaining all the wealth and affluence. The other though, might or might not reach that level, but finds his own fulfilment doing what he believes he is there for. And with every life he touches, his joy increases and the sense of living multiplies.
I’m not just a writer or teacher of God’s word who writes because I’ve got it. No, far from that. I write and teach according to the pull that a sense of calling to fulfil purpose places on me. So whether, I become anybody through it or not, it’s not the aim. I draw my fulfilment and satisfaction from knowing the impart my work is having on souls the world over that I may never meet. As a result of this, when I want to write or teach, I depend upon the anointing (God’s backing which is meant to validate what He’s sent me for here on earth). No soldier ever goes to war at his own expense (1Cor. 9:7). So if I’m here, then all I need to be impactful is available for me to request and use when needed.
This is your true act of worship, your life lived as a commitment to God. Rom. 12:1-2. If you and I can wake up everyday with a sense of purposeful existence, we will not waste one day in our lives anymore. You’ll appreciate every thing and person around you as a gift from God to you. You won’t be praying for your life to end but living to redeem each moment of time.
Can you pray and say, Father, in the name of Jesus, I dedicate myself to live for your satisfaction from today as my true act of worship. From today, I’ll talk, walk, befriend, be kind, be helpful with a deeper sense of purpose, believing that what I do must be an extension of the hand of God, a revelation of the face and hand of God to everyone I come in contact with. I declare that I am not a useless and unimpactful person on the earth. I am useful in God’s hands. I’m God’s face to my world. My smile heals. My voice and words comfort. My prayers and discipline shines forth as a light in this dark world. I’m different and special in every good way.
May you go forth from today, living a life of sincere purpose as you continue to remember the words you’ve read and the man you’ve found out you are in Christ, in Jesus name, amen.