What are you living for?
I like to people watch. I’ve always done it. I can’t help but be amazed that there are so many of us; and each one of us with our own life, our own thoughts and our own goals. We are all so different but yet we are very similar at the same time. We are all wired for purpose. There is a deep desire in every one of us for our life to have meaning. We have to feed this desire with something but what we end up feeding it with can vary extensively from one human to another. Some live for their kids, some for their spouse, some for their jobs and some for themselves. It’s easy to get caught up in pursuing a purpose in something and before you know it years have passed by.
I pursued music for years. Over ten years of my life I lived for music. I put so much time and energy towards being successful with music. I had some good success and made it farther than many others do but the success left about as quickly as it came. It was about that time that the Lord got my attention and I shifted my focus and began to live for God. But what does living for God look like?
While I lived for music I did everything I could to achieve success so naturally when I started to live for God I was doing the same thing. But as I got to know Him better I realized that it doesn’t work like that in the Kingdom of God. Jesus doesn’t grade us by achievement. This was a hard lesson for me to accept because after all I am an achiever. I took my Clifton Strengths Finder test in college and there it was… “achiever” as my third top strength. So here Jesus was saying, “It’s great that you’re an achiever. I don’t want you to change who you are. But my love for you has nothing to do with your achievements.” It kinda messed with my head. It took me quite some time to get it. I think I’m still learning to get it. And there’s some of you that need to learn to get it too.
God loves you regardless of what you accomplish in life. Your purpose is not found in accomplishments. Your purpose is not even found in ministry. Your purpose is not found in serving others and your purpose is not found in evangelism. Your calling is not to be a pastor, teacher, apostle or prophet. Those things are great and I’m not saying we don’t need them. What I’m saying is that your title and the way God decides to use you is not your purpose. Your purpose is very, very simple… Your purpose is simply to know Jesus. Ministry is to be a bi-product of knowing Him. It’s an after effect, but it blows my mind that so many make ministry their main thing so that they will minister before they will spend time with Jesus getting to know Him.
There’s a popular scripture that says, delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
This doesn’t mean try really hard to memorize scripture, pray every day before dinner, stop using cuss words when I drop a heavy object on my foot, and put on a fake smile in front of other Christians—then my life will look delighted in the Lord. And if I appear to be delighted in the Lord then He will give me that desire I’ve always had to [insert your dream of being successful here] and my life will finally have purpose. No, I think what this verse really means is know the Lord and He will become your heart’s desire.
If you have truly delighted yourself in the Lord it’s because you have begun to know Him, and once you start knowing Him you cannot help but fall in love with Him. He will become your heart’s desire. Oh and one more thing…. He won’t relent until your whole heart is His. His desire is to know you. Please open your heart and let Him in.