If you are like me and most of the Christians I know, your biggest question in life is, “What is God’s will for my life?”
I have chased and chased after that question for as long as I can remember. “What is my purpose?”, I often wonder. Or, “What does my purpose look like?“.
STARTING TO SEE THE PATH
Many years ago, I was in a terrible water skiing accident. I spent several days in the hospital and then several weeks recovering at home. At the time, I was working in a close-knit, Christian organization. The outpouring of love and well-wishes was tremendous! One of my friends, an artist for the company, painted me a beautiful picture of a path winding through the trees. He added the verse, Isaiah 42:16, “I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.”
I still have the image (though it is packed at the moment) and I have spent hours staring at it. Wondering where my path is going.
I bring this up because understanding God’s general will is easy but we get so side-tracked with wanting to know the details and the answers, we end up missing the general direction. Then we doubt there is a purpose for us or we forget about it.
Yet God promises to reveal the path. So what’s up with that? Why is it so hard to see the details, much less the general direction sometimes? When do we know that He’s revealing the path?
Basically, the biggest hindrance to fulfilling our purpose is simply not believing we have one, or we don’t care.
Yet, the more time we spend just getting to know God, as a person, we the more we see about ourselves, about our story.
Here’s one thing I know:
God is PASSIONATE about you and I fulfilling our calling. He meticulously wrote down everything He desired for us in a book long before the earth was formed. God’s will is that we should fulfill it. (Ephesians 2:10).
But just as Adam had the choice to choose to do as God asked, and so, too, was Jesus presented with a choice to fulfill His calling or succumb to Satan, we also have a choice to step on to the path of our assignment or not.
THE PURSUIT OF OUR CALLING ISN’T WITHOUT DARKNESS
Specific directions and leading towards my calling did not start coming until AFTER I really grasped how IMPORTANT it was to understand I actually DID have a calling – from before the earth was even made.
Then, I locked in on that.
For me, I needed something to remind me that I have a story and it was written by God and it was written before anything I see ever existed. So, one day I asked myself what the oldest thing on the earth was. I figured the mountains.
I live in Colorado Springs, on the west side, right at the base of Pikes Peak. Every day I see it looming high above my head. Now, when I see it, I am reminded of my calling. Sometimes I even speak to the mountain and say, “Pikes Peak, I had my story written before you were even around here. My assignment is older than you. And I’m going to fulfill it!”
DO IT!! FIGHT FOR YOUR PURPOSE
Fulfilling our purpose is not an option. God’s will is that we DO IT!
But it is OUR will if we do it or not.
Nothing comes before the Kingdom. NOTHING. Not our kids. Not our spouse, friends and family, church, or our own pursuits.
“Seek FIRST the Kingdom, THEN….” (Matt. 6:33)
If we latch on to our story, as written by God, then the mountains start to move, the darkness turns to light, the paths are made smooth; but not without a fight.
The enemy hates you as much as God loves you. He will bring confusion, doubt, apathy, and “good” distractions.
So we must fight to keep our eyes open to see, ears able to hear, and a heart that humbly receives instruction.
We all do it.
We get off course. Don’t worry. God isn’t surprised and we are not disqualified or unusable when we find ourselves on the wrong track. Get back up and listen to what He is saying to you:
“You are my workmanship. I have created you through Jesus. You were created for good works that I prepared long, long ago…before the foundation of the world. Get up and do it!” (para, Eph. 2:10)