If I don’t know Jesus well and if I don’t see myself through the mirror of His Word, I won’t know my purpose. I won’t know my gifts. I won’t discern my role in the kingdom. The greatest tragedy is to miss knowing God, the whole purpose for which I was born. The second is to miss knowing myself as God knows me. To never be known is to never be loved.
The saddest thing is to meet someone in their fifties and to hear them say they have no idea what they are supposed to be doing with their lives. They think they have no valuable contribution to God, to others, and to the kingdom of God. They are marking time ~ filling their days with the details of perpetuating life. This is not how it is supposed to be. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, Eph 1:11
But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. Exodus 9:16 Nothing speaks like the Word of God. God created my life to show me, and to do in me something personal that would show me His power; the same power that created the world, the same power the made waters come out of the deep and cover the earth, and the same power that caused Jesus to sit up and walk out of a crypt. Have I experienced it firsthand? Once that Powerful One comes for me, takes hold of me, draws me to Himself and begins to speak into my heart with word after word, how can I not be changed? It is God that talks to me about Himself. It is God that speaks to me about MYself. These events are lifechanging, in and of themselves, even if they only happened once!
I learned that to spend anytime with God means being shaken to the core by love. Living near Him means communication and disclosure.
Purpose and definition happened organically in Your presence, Lord. I know that You love me. I know how You made me. I know how I fit into the plan of Your redemption of earth in my generation. You’ve given me a joy no one can take away. Amen