Hi RADsters! I hope your year is going great thus far!
Before the end of last year, we indulged in the process of discovering or rediscovering our purposes in preparation for the new year. I shared how I was intentionally seeking out God’s purpose(s) for my life. If you missed it, you can find that post here. It’s never too late to join the party!
For those who began before the year was over, how’s your journey coming along? I’d love to hear about it. Mine has been coming along, but not as consistently as I expected- I needed to slow down a bit due to preparing for an exam. However, throughout the preparation, the pursuit of purpose remained in my heart.
By now some of us know our purposes for 2020 and are doing our best to start working towards a purpose or are already walking it out. Have you wondered why you are yet to walk in your purpose? Numerous factors may contribute to that- timing, resources, location, or anything else.
I was meditating and praying and the Holy Spirit dropped another factor in my spirit. INTENTIONS.
What are your intentions when you’re seeking to fulfill your God-given purpose? When you seek to live, breathe, and walk in exactly what God has predetermined for your life, what are your reasons for your desires?
The pursuit of purpose through jealousy comes from a place of comparison. The pursuit of purpose through inspiration comes from a place of collaboration.
When we pray about beginning to walk in our purpose we must ensure that we are not being influenced because we see others manifesting in their purposes. We must ensure that our intention for pursuing purpose is because we are concerned with pleasing God and not ending our time here on earth still filled with talents and gifts. In this current era of keeping up with the Jones’, it’s really easy to want to effect our purpose simply because we see someone else walking in theirs.
Don’t get me wrong, it is possible to be inspired by others and desire living out/effecting our purpose. Take the loss of the legend Kobe Bryant for example (may he Rest in Peace), no one can deny that he lived a life of purpose. He impacted not only the sports community but the world at large. Such a purposeful well-lived life definitely inspires and beckons to deep parts of us; his impact spurs us to take action in living out our own purposes.
Sometimes jealousy can be misconstrued as inspiration and vice versa. There is a difference between the two, and it is important to understand which of these is present in our intentions. The pursuit of purpose through jealousy comes from a place of comparison. “Well if this person is working on their business ideas, then why don’t I start mine? They’re not the only ones who can have businesses.; they don’t have two heads.” “Well, it seems like his ministry is off to a great start, why don’t I begin mine as well?”
Trust me, it is so easy to get bitten by the comparison bug. I’ve been there, where you wonder whether or not you are simply lagging behind in fulfilling your God-given purpose. I’d like to remind us, as Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, there is a time for everything. Before you and I were created, God charted out the number of days we had to live on this earth, He predestined what we would end up doing, and predetermine WHEN we would get started. Habakkuk 2:3 also tells us that the vision is for an appointed time. We stand the chance of moving ahead of God’s predestined moment when we decide to take matters into our own hands. In the words of Rita Springer “Wait for God to use you His own way.”
The pursuit of purpose through inspiration comes from a place of collaboration. Iron sharpeneth iron (Proverbs 27:17). Through inspiration, we are able to lean on others and get wise counsel from those who are currently living in their purpose. Inspiration opens our eyes and ears to glean from those who have experienced or are currently experiencing the process of walking in purpose. When working out purpose through inspiration it becomes more about serving and less about competing. We are all here to positively impact the world in which we live.
“Ok, so how do I know that I’m not indeed lagging behind others?”
Firstly, God has a specific assignment for each of us, and I don’t believe that He compares our “start date” with others’. After all, He set the time and place. So if you would like to know the right time to start walking in your purpose, simply ask Him. Ask Him specifically about YOU without having anyone else’s journey in mind. Remember, your intentions matter. James 1:2-3 implores us to ask for what we desire from God and then states that if we ask and don’t receive it is because our intentions were selfish. Are you seeking to fulfill your purpose so that you could appear to be “getting things done” or are you asking because you are truly inspired, prepared, and determined to serve and actually get things done? The answer will help you determine whether you are fully committed to the process of fulfilling purpose because it will get difficult! If your intentions are honest and pure, that will keep you going when the going gets tough. The lives and destinies assigned to you will keep you going.
1 Samuel 16:7 People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart.
Proverbs 21:2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.
Today, I implore us to be introspective. Ask, what’s the real reason I’m seeking to fulfill my purpose? Am I ready to do the work required to live it out?
Let’s get it!
I’d like to provide an opportunity to those who are yet to meet with Jesus. If you have a deep desire to know Jesus and enter into the kingdom of God you are in great company. I did at some point in my life, and it was the greatest desire that God ever met!
I invite you to pray the sinner’s prayer: Dear Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner and I confess my sins before you. I believe that you died for my sins and rose again to give me a new life. I ask that you forgive me of my sins; cleanse me with your precious blood which you shed on the cross of Calvary. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Fill me up with your Holy Spirit and strengthen me. I profess that I am a new creature; old things have passed away and I have become new in You. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
If you prayed the prayer, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM FAMILY!! You are a new creature, the old has passed and the new is here! Be sure to find a bible believing, Spirit-led church in your city and purchase a bible in a version that you understand. I use the New Living Translation, Message, Free Bible, Christian Standard Bible, or the New International Version. Enjoy the journey!