- Purpose involves Passion
Bible verse : Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Hi! Welcome to the Pursuing His Purpose devotional. I trust and pray that you will get closer to His awesome dreams for your life during these 14 days.
First thing I want to say about purpose is something that struck me again and again when I scoured the Word of God to find out what God had to say about it.
Every time I read about purpose, it showed me that it’s His Purpose. A lot of people ask themselves, “Whats MY purpose? Whats MY calling?” While it is good to be thinking about it, it’s important to note the distinction that the Word of God gives. It’s not OUR purpose – its His purpose for me. His purpose for you. THAT IS what you want to pursue.
Now I’m not saying that it won’t be in line with the desires and dreams you have of things you want to do with your life. In all likelihood, those desires are from God. But let’s not get narcissistic about our purpose. Let’s not be me-focussed about God’s purpose for our lives.
It’s a purpose you will enjoy living out, and one that will fill your life with passion, but make sure you are focussed on fulfilling His purpose for your life, not yours
So how do you find your purpose?
A lot of people want to know the answer to this question. First, purpose finds you. And purpose leaves clues.
If you do not know what your purpose is yet, get busy just serving God wherever you see a need. Act on His Word. Wake up every morning and read part of His Word until you come across something speaking directly to you. Then go out and do it.
That is what I would do years ago when I first discovered a vibrant, living relationship with God. Every morning I would ask Him to speak to me. I would read His Word, expecting to hear Him show me something and say something personal to me. And if He said, forgive, then I forgave. If He said, Rejoice and be happy today, then I would do that. I loved it! It was an exciting journey. And I still do it to this day.
Don’t worry about the bigger picture if you don’t yet have it. There’s a reason for that. God isn’t revealing it all to you yet. It’s okay.
In the bible, a number of characters discovered Gods purpose for them through a burden In the book of Nehemiah, we see that he felt a burden for the broken down walls of Jerusalem. God led him through a burden – he wept over the broken walls.
Moses also felt burdened for the people of God that was an ‘early’ indicator of Gods call for Moses to lead them out of slavery.
For some of us, God will reveal His purpose for us through a passion for something something that stirs us to make a difference, an injustice or a need that we feel strongly about.
There is what we can refer to as a honeymoon period with regard to our purpose. We feel passion and excitement about it. We are filled with excitement over the dream that He has placed inside our heart. When we first feel this, we’re not always ready yet to walk in the fullness of it – but we do feel a stirring inside.
Meditate: Today, think over the truth that He has got GOOD plans for you. He has thought about it. He has planned it. Before the beginning of time He was planning you, and the good things He would have for your life.
Think too about things that burden you. Is there an injustice in the world that you feel someone should do something about? What burdens you, stirs you or angers you? Write it down in a journal.
Day #2 : Purpose is not Passive
Day #3 : Purpose requires Preparation
Day #4 : Purpose takes Prayer
Day #5 : Purpose involves some Pain
Day #6 : Purpose needs the Power of God
Day #7 : Purpose means Paying the Price
Day #8 : Purpose involves Paying attention
Day #9 : Purpose needs to have Pit-stops
Day #10 : Purpose is Progressive
Day #11 : Purpose is sometimes Postponed
Day #12 : Purpose requires faith and Patience
Day #13 : Purpose will take Perseverance
Day #14 : Purpose receives a Prize