We are uniquely designed with a purpose. This is the conclusion I arrived at when having a conversation with a friend. We were discussing the absurd idea of Adam being placed in a beautiful garden to care for it. That’s it. Just care for it. No passions. No purpose. Just existing. How sorry of an existence that would be! But how blessed we are to have a Father who had a much greater plan for us than just mere existence.
Every single day we wake up. Many times, we find ourselves doing much of the same things. Work. School. Parenting. Being a spouse. Even church. The days roll by. One at a time. Some days we despise the days. Other times we are lavished by how great they are. But how often do we actually take the time to be in the moment? How often do we really take the time to see through God’s eyes the purposes behind everything that we do? I know all too well how easy it can be to despise the tedious things I need to do every day. It can feel like an endless hamster wheel going around and around. If we are honest with ourselves, we can even begin to view our time with God the same way. As mere stuff.
In this day and time, we see the world around us bleeding with an identity crisis. If we aren’t careful, the church will become prey to this crisis. We are supposed to be the ones called to bring the light in the darkness, but often times we are trapped behind a wall of mundane activities and calling them service to God. But is it really service? Is a perspective of “just doing things” service to God? Ephesians 6:7 says, “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Our perspective must reflect this very purpose. In everything we do, it must be with God in mind. Serving can never be separated from our love for the Father. It is impossible to serve people without first serving God.
When Jesus was being badgered by the Pharisees, they asked him what the greatest commandment in the Law of Moses was. Their intent was to trap him. They wanted, like most people caught in the prison of religion, to capture him and keep him from the seeing truth and purpose of this life. Realistically, they didn’t know the truth for themselves. But, “Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40). See Jesus knew His identity, His purpose, His mission. And most importantly, He knew the love of the Father through relationship. Without loving God and being loved by Him, everything we do is meaningless. No matter how good the things we do may be, if it isn’t for a purpose, then it is just stuff.
God desires relationship with us. He desires that He be first in our life. He knows that when He is, then that love will spill into every person we encounter. It will affect how we do things. It will affect our choices. It will bless not only us, but those around us. He gains the glory through our lives fully submitted to Him for His purposes.
But sometimes, we forget. We forget that we are worth it. We forget how blessed we are to partner with the living God in this life. We forget that through us He does miraculous things every single day. We forget that every word we speak can speak life into every situation. We forget that His plans to prosper us are for His glory.
But it is time for us to remember. The time has come for us to put off those thoughts of meaningless existence and begin living for purpose. For His purpose. To be the light in the darkness. To cook that dinner for our family. To clean that child’s blankets again. To put those spouse’s shoes away another time. To return that phone call that you said you wouldn’t return again. To pass that offering bucket at church. To teach that children’s class again. Because as you do each thing again and again, you bring Heaven to Earth and release God’s mercy and grace right into your life. As you do that thing, you are serving our Heavenly Father. You are living the life He purposed you to live. Today, as you spend time with the Father, bring every one of those things that you have done with a weary heart. Those things that have felt like meaningless repetitions and submit them. When we become people of submission, we say to the Father, I am yours. Pray with me…
Father, I trust you more than I trust what my circumstances have looked like. I have forgotten my way. I have forgotten my purpose. I desire to live a life of meaning and I know that only exists in you. I desire that you renew my mind and my heart. I trust you to be my purpose of life. I trust you to be my every reason to serve. You are worthy of my praise. You are worthy of my love. I desire to see my life as an opportunity to be a beacon of your love, mercy, and grace to the world around me. Thank you Father for loving me even when I forget. For your mercy that doesn’t give up on me when I forget. And for your grace that empowers me to get back up and keep moving forward. Thank you Father for sending Jesus as the greatest example of true service. I love you Father with my whole heart. I pray all of these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.