As human beings we are always looking forward to the life we want and hope one day to enjoy. However, there is something we often neglect in the process and it is the life we owe. Don’t think I have not been the same, but lately something has been drawing me to consider more deeply the life I owe to the One who created me with a purpose. If asked I believe we all would answer that we want to live that life, it’s simply that the things of this world often attract and distract us from our primary purpose. What will it take to return our focus to the beginning of our life as we reap its benefits and pay our debt to our Creator?
Normally, I guess we all realize how complicated creation is. We can look at the flowers, smile at the animals, enjoy the beauty of the night sky, but how often do we look up with vigor and thank the Lord once again for what He has done for and with us. It truly is amazing, no matter the ups and downs of existence. We were each and every one of us created with a different purpose in mind, one that would help to fulfill the larger purpose of our Creator. Do you ever wonder if you are fulfilling the purpose you were created for?
If we are familiar with the Bible, the Word of God, we all know how it starts. I happen to like the way John expresses it – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God, the same was in the beginning with God (1:1). We cannot argue with these words, we simply accept them and marvel at how intricate and wonderful they are. The question though is do we ever stop to say thank you and wonder how often we are following His plan rather than our own.
I cannot know for sure if I am doing what I am supposed to be doing, but I can continually thank my Lord for loving me, for taking care of me and giving me a purpose for life. I wish everyone could feel the same, but I know that is not the case. So the logical next thing is to wonder if there is anything I can do and will do to make a difference in someone else’s life. Maybe this is our purpose – sort of like a snowball that picks up in size as it rolls down the hill. Surely most of us realize that we were created for a purpose. The question is to first discover it and then pursue it and that is where we often fall down. Can and will we strive to fit into the purpose our Creator created us for? That is my prayer and I hope it is yours also.
So I guess the best thing to do is to simply ask our Lord what purpose He has given us to follow and then the next part is where we make it or fail – how do I perform to make the grade He desires for me to make. Do I ask Him where to start or do I remind myself that He has given me the tools and knowledge that I might know how to perform? You know that really is a good question because there is or will come a time when either could be the best answer. We are told in Ecclesiastes 12:14 that God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. That might cause us not to want to work and yet John tells us that I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work (9:4).
Our Lord does want us to pay attention when He tells us something but He also desires to see us go with our own initiative even if we put Him on standby for any emergency. Paul probably had more to learn than his brothers but he reminds us all to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (1st Corinthians 15:58).
Lift high the cross of Christ, tread where His feet have trod;
As brothers of the Son of Man, rise up O men of God!