My friend, may I ask you a question? Does God really care whether or not you know his purpose for you? Or, is God much more concerned with the fact that you and I know we are a part of his purpose for all men?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I’m Mark Brunner.
Who are you? Why are you here? What is it that God wants you to do and, purpose defined, why has he chosen you to do it? Do you ever find yourself asking those questions? Many Christians today ARE asking this and other questions having to do with their, Christian identity. I guess it isn’t surprising this is the case, as we live in a culture that is all about self and the importance of knowing who and what you’re all about. We hear so much about a “Purpose Driven Life,” but is that really important? There are innumerable workshops and seminars on self-purpose as of late. Recently the church has been flooded with “purpose-driven” books and materials. It seems that these days, unless we know our purpose and are dedicated to putting that purpose into action, many would be left without a path to being a successful Christian. How can you or I lead others to Christ if we don’t know God’s specific purpose for our lives?
Are purpose-driven lives the lives that God is seeking for his church, or has God something else in mind for how he wants you and I to be driven? For that matter, how important is self at all to God?
Here’s some interesting data to reveal how many Christians evaluate the importance of “self” these days. This poll sheds light on the paradox of increased religiosity and decreased morality. “According to sociologist Robert Bellah, 81 percent of the American people also say they agree that ‘an individual should arrive at his or her own religious belief independent of any church or synagogue.’ Thus the key to the paradox is the fact that those who claim to be Christians are arriving at faith on their own terms –– terms that make no demands on behavior. A woman named Sheila, interviewed for Bellah's book Habits of the Heart, embodies this attitude. ‘I believe in God,’ she said. ‘I can't remember the last time I went to church. But my faith has carried me a long way. It’s ‘Sheila-ism.’ Just my own little voice.’” (Charles Colson, Against the Night, p. 98.)
As Christians I believe that God really doesn’t want you and I to be asking, “Who am I?” Who we are isn’t really important to God and, perhaps, that’s why it ought not to be important to us. In the history of creation, whether Abram the nomad or David the shepherd, God has always worked with the unknown, the obscure, with people just like you and just like me. He starts with little and adds much, himself. It’s his divine recipe for greatness–a little bit of us and a whole lot of him works just fine. Purpose? I guess that answers the question. Your purpose and mine is just to be here; the greatness is God, the vessel is us.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for becoming our purpose for living in Christ and not in and of ourselves. Often we lose sight of the fact that it isn’t us who are important, but your Son, Jesus Christ. He gives us value, our lives in him and not just our lives. Forgive us Lord when we seek to find importance in ourselves and not in you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. Thank you for tuning into This Passing Day. Join us at thispassingday.com. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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