Saturday, February 20, 2010

Day Four : Purpose


Let your eyes look straight ahead,  fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
(Proverbs 4:24-26)

Today we pray for a wisdom to set goals, and have a spirit of…


We talk a lot about purpose these days, and have many books and teaching series devoted to finding our purpose.  I am not going to do that today.

What I am thinking is that we need to have a purpose to everything we do.  Saying “I will go where GOD leads me.” is fine, and right.  But it does mean we need to stand up and be lead.  If we lie back and wait for GOD to guide us, perhaps we will die on our backs.

I think we need a closed door policy to God’s will, not an open door policy.  Open our heart and mind to his will, then go and do what we think is right, and let him tell us not to.

Paul listened to the Lord in all things, but he didn’t wait to be told to go somewhere.  He would pray for guidance, then he would stand up and go.  If God wanted him in a different city, he would close the doors of the city to him, and show him a new city.   If we want to help people, and there is a hospital down the road, why don’t we volunteer there, and let God tell us we don’t have to go anymore?  If there is a beggar at your door, don’t ask God if you must feed him, wait until God tells you not to.

Have a purpose, have a goal; but keep it soaked in prayer and grounded on the word, and let God tell us when our purpose does not fall in with his.

So today, let us try to live a life of purpose, not a life waiting for purpose.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a new idea in modern Christianity. We sit around waiting for a sign to do something rather than just doing. I'm very guilty of this.

    Just go until you hear otherwise.