In a recent post called What. Makes. Your. Heart. Beat? I asked several questions.
Do you fulfill the purposes God laid out for you?
Do you even know what your purposes are?
I got a lot of really great feedback from all of you so I wanted to take this question, “What Makes Your Heart Beat?” to the next step and challenge you to think even deeper about this topic.
I have had many thoughts flying through my mind over the past couple of years. I want to throw them out there because I believe most people ask themselves regularly, “What is my purpose?” I believe a lot of people know what they are doing but they still question if it is their purpose.
The verse that has really inspired me to think about this subject is from a reference about David. The first part of Acts 16:36 says, For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his generation, fell asleep.
Several questions come to mind when I read this verse. Am I serving God? Am I serving the purposes that God has laid out for me? Have I fallen asleep on this job? Am I just going through my life on the sidelines or am I in the game?
Over the past few years I could have answered “Yes” to all of these questions. I felt like I was serving God, but was I serving His purposes? Was I doing this with a happy heart or out of obligation?
To be honest with you, I have been serving God what felt like was endlessly. Don’t get me wrong ministry is what I love but… What was my motivation? Was it… Obligation? Obedience? Distraction?
What I am saying was even though my heart felt like it was in the right place? I felt like God was convicting me with the question, “Why are you doing this?”
That is a tough question coming from the One that you feel like you are giving your all to? An honest question that needed addressed.
I want to be serving God joyfully, wholeheartedly, and with obedience.
My personal experience may not be the same as yours but I want you to think about those questions in your situation.
Our first obligation is always to give our worship to Christ. He is to be our priority. Time with Him in His Word and time with Him in prayer. I have sometimes put that in second, third or even last position.
Getting busy, doesn’t mean getting too busy for Christ. We can be busy in the church or anywhere else and it can be just that, busy work. God has called us to more than busy work. He has called us to His work.
He has called us complete worship. That is worship of Him not everything else that can get in the way. We can worship everything from our family, our spouse, our children, our church, our church traditions, our jobs, our extra-curricular activities. Let me be blunt here that is called idolatry. Idolatry is putting anything before God.
If you are questioning your purpose. Start by praising the Lord like David in His Psalm of Thanksgiving.
Psalm 96:2-3 Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day. Declare His Glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.
We are to proclaim His salvation. The Good News of His saving Grace, day after day.
We are to declare His Glory, not our own, among the nations. Meaning right where you are at, right in the time and place He has placed you in, this generation. No matter the job, the family, the situation you are in, you are to declare His Glory.
I love the word declare in the Bible because let’s be honest we say a lot of things. Some of us more than others. If we going to say things, let them have value. Shouldn’t some of those things be declarations as grand as the Good News of the salvation of Jesus Christ?
How often do we sit silent? I know that I am guilty of that more times than I want to admit. What an amazing opportunity we have to use the words and the languages that God gave us to declare His great name. To declare His Glory.
The last part of verse three says to declare His marvelous deeds to ALL people. God has worked some miraculous things in our lives. We don’t mind sharing how someone cut us off in traffic today or how a store clerk made us upset.
Don’t forget to declare the marvelous things that He has done. Why? Because ALL the people of ALL the nations will see His great work and they too, will be able to see His Glory.
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