[CF Devotionals] 2018-10-31 - Purpose

As described by Webster’s New Twentieth Century Unabridged; Second Edition Dictionary (1983), the word purpose (noun) is that which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished; aim; intention; design. Personally, I find that to have purpose from the moment of rising each day, until resting again, brings extreme satisfaction.

The perception of purpose differs from one person and/or culture to the next, as well as each specific group, within the context of living in the world. There are times we all may too often entertain thoughts of what others may think our purpose is, rather than what God intended for us. For me, that can happen after having several days of feeling well and getting caught up on typical chores, and then, too, having opportunities to do other things which are led by the spirit. Proper use of those blessings includes balancing rest and spiritual rejuvenation. Sometimes, I get caught up in what society accepts as purposeful, or what might be pleasing to others, then overextending or feeling guilty that I am not doing something - which leads to frustration. Today is one of those days. I must stop and remind myself of that which I have been entrusted, and the fact that managing it all properly is honoring God.

  • And even if no one else sees what I do, God does.
  • If others don’t understand why I cannot do something, God does.
  • If others do not understand why I must do something else, God does.
  • Ultimately, He is the one I need to please.

I can honor God by how I manage my time, how I pray for strength in thought and spoken words, how I keep my word, how I follow His word, how I take care of those material items I have been given to use as blessings, how I treat others, how I take care of myself to be my best with others, how I care for those I hold dear, through thought and deed. All of what I do, seen or not by others, is proof of how I love the God I professed as mine, and promised to serve with the remaining days given to me.

As I was coming into the knowledge of a savior, I remember often singing an Amy Grant song called In a Little While. It was from her fourth release in 1982 (Myrrh records). It pops into my head, all these years later, when a tough day or challenging moment in a good day steers me away from the ultimate purpose of my being here. The chorus of the song lifts my weary heart, and ultimately, it’s because of His truth brought to light within the lyrics: “In a little while, we’ll be with the Father, can’t you see him smile? In a little while, we’ll be home forever, in a while. We’re just here to learn to love him, we’ll be home in just a little while.”

On any day, He gives me the strength to keep going. And in all I do and say, I want to fulfill His purpose (eternal life with Him) and let it spill out around me, as I go. Loving God is my purpose, my goal, my intention, and my aim within His design. What’s your purpose?

“People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.” (Hebrews 6:16-18, NIV)

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:9-10, NIV)

“Yes, while we are in this body, we groan with the sense of being oppressed: it is not so much that we want to take something off, but rather to put something on over it; so that what must die may be swallowed up by the Life. Moreover, it is God who has prepared us for this very thing, and as a pledge he has given us his Spirit. So, we are always confident – we know that so long as we are at home in the body, we are away from our home with the Lord;” (2 Corinthians 5:4-6, Complete Jewish Bible)

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

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