Connecting With God, Part 8
(To read Part 1, click here)
Purpose. No amount of Freudian psychoanalysis can explain away the need for it. Unless we succeed in drowning it out, all of our lives we will hear that still, small voice calling us not merely to live, but to live for a reason. For something more than a paid-off mortgage and a pre-purchased cemetery plot. Maybe that’s why Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life is one of best selling books in history.
In Connecting with God, Part 7 I spoke about renewing my sense of purpose by building the house of my life on the foundation of God’s word. As I assembled My Verses and settled into memorizing, praying, and meditating upon them each day, these four verses have become the walls of my house, my personal mission statement:
“The God of your fathers (your spiritual predecessors) chose you to know his will, to see his Righteous One, and to hear his own voice. And now you will be his witness to all of what you have seen (the life-changing experiences that led you to where you are now) and hear (his ongoing communication with you) (Acts 22:14-15).
“(Now, go!) Set free the oppressed and break every yoke (of bondage to sin and lies). (Isaiah 58:6).
“Be a model to believers (as well) in word and in deed, in love, faith, and purity. Attend to the reading (of Scripture), to exhortation (be a catalyst), and to teaching. Don’t neglect the spiritual gift (the unique purpose and equipage) that is in you. Live it. Be that person so (much) that your progress is apparent to all! Attend to yourself and to your teaching. Persist in these things, for by so doing you will not only save yourself (by living out the life and purpose he has given you), but your hearers, as well! (I Timothy 4:12-16).
“(Finally) Write down (what you have seen and heard) for the coming generation, so that those not yet born will praise him!” (Psalm 102:18) One of my most gratifying experiences has been hearing from people I helped steer toward a life of faith years earlier. But even more exciting has been hearing from the next generation. Recently, a teenager I’ve never met competed in a series of speech competitions with a Star Wars parody (“Soul Wars”) that I wrote almost two decades before he was born!
I finish praying My Verses every morning with three passages that form the roof of my house:
A promise of fruitfulness, from the life of noble King Hezekiah: “In everything he undertook he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly…and so he prospered.” (I Chronicles 31:20-21)
A reminder to stay focused: “Seek first the kingdom of God (his restored reign over this lost, broken world) and his righteousness (everything ‘reset’ to its true, original purpose), and all these things (other needs) will be given to you as well (not as an
afterthought, but because they, too, are a part of God’s plan).” (Matthew 6:33)
If your sense of purpose needs rebuilding, may I encourage you to do the same?