Friday, 13 November 2009
Designed for Purpose – Avoid the Malfunctioning Syndrome
Imagine if the toaster decided one day, “you know what, I don’t feel fulfilled as a toaster, the rice cooker seems to be getting on alright, why don’t I try cooking rice for a change?” The result would be a total mess, the rice and water in a toaster would probably cause it to stop functioning properly. Or imagine if the all the cutting instruments in the world like knives, scissors, and lasers had not been invented or stopped performing their function. The whole world would find it difficult to do so many things. The medical field wouldn’t be able to perform life saving operations in theatre and many industries wouldn’t be able to function properly. Now as absurd as these examples sound, a lot of us find ourselves doing the very same thing every now and again.
God created each of us with a specific plan for our lives. Jeremiah 1:5 (paraphrase) says that God knew each of us before we were born and He sanctified us and ordained us for certain callings on this earth. Now I don’t know what God ordained you to be or what specific gifts or talents He has given you, but your highest priority should be to find that out. Now I’m not just talking about spiritual gifts here but your ultimate purpose in life. Let’s ask ourselves some key questions. Why are we here? What is our purpose? Are we in the will of God for our lives and are we doing what we are supposed to be doing?
We need to come to a place where we recognise what we are supposed to be doing. Then prioritise that one thing or things and get to work doing our Father’s business. Please let us not become a CCC (Copy Cat Christian). Just because Brother X is a guru at playing drums and he is anointed in that area now you also want to play drums because it looks like so much fun. Hello...is that what YOU are really supposed to be doing? Be honest with yourself and prayerfully consider this. Don’t jump into things just for the sake of it. Now that’s not to say that we don’t do anything else in our lives but we should prioritise our life purpose. It should be the very thing that drives us to wake up. When Jesus came to earth, His mission was to die on the cross in order to redeem mankind. Now while He was on earth, many suggested that He do other things. Mind you, some were tempting offers that would have led some of us astray. Others wanted to make Him King so that He could rule over them. But Jesus knew why He was here and ultimately, He fulfilled the purpose for which He had been sent, by dying for our sins.
Wouldn’t it be a shame if you passed through life and didn’t do what you were supposed to do? You could do a lot of good things on earth but if you failed to do that most important thing that you were created for, you would have missed the mark all together. Many people will lose out on being blessed by you because you failed to deliver. How about that life changing invention you haven’t started working on yet; that half written song that’s supposed to encourage someone; the orphanage you want to open; the book that was started and never finished or the captivating movie you’ve been dreaming about that could bring could many souls to Christ? Who knows maybe God may choose to use someone else to do it but wouldn’t it be great to know that you played your part in the Big Maze of Life?
The story of a lighthouse keeper below is an extract from the devotional "UCB Word for Today" but it kind of links in with what I am talking about:
“There was a lighthouse keeper on a rocky stretch of coastline who received a new supply of oil each month to keep the light burning. Being close to the shore he had lots of guests. A woman from the village needed some oil to keep her family warm; a farmer requested some for his tractor; a mechanic wanted some to lubricate a wheel. All the requests seemed legitimate so the lighthouse keeper tried to please everybody. Before the month was over his oil was gone and the beacon went out. As a result several ships were wrecked and lives were lost. When the authorities investigated, the man was very repentant. But to his excuses and pleading their reply was, 'You were given oil for one purpose - to keep the light burning.' Be wise - prioritise!”