I suspect that majority of the struggle that we have with finding our purpose has to do with reconciling what we want to do, with what we think God wants us to do.
I can relate because I used to be all about myself. My dreams. My wants. My goals. God was definitely not first in my life. I use to think, God can you just make what I want to be what you want for me?
Deep down, I didn’t understand that God really knew me better that I knew myself and that he actually wanted what was best for me. My thought process was that, I knew myself and I knew what was best for me.
My difficulty came from a place of trying to trust a God that I did not take the time to know. If I had taken the time to know him I would have known that he knows my beginning and my end and therefore he has the best idea of what would work for me.
I think we are also afraid of risking anything for God because we have our lives all neatly planned out, wrapped with a perfect red bow and we do not want to unravel that bow under any circumstance. It’s perfect! We don’t want to touch it!
But in order to fulfill what God is calling us to do, we have to be willing to surrender to him. We have to be willing to look at options that might seem crazy, because they are not necessarily how we see ourselves. They are not necessarily the plans we had foreseen for ourselves.
What seems bothers us sometimes is that we surrender to God and expect that we will not have anything negative happen in our lives. Everything should be perfect now, right? But then I am reminded of what Peter says,
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 12-13)
So then, we should expect trials, but they serve a purpose. They strengthen and humble us. They draw us closer to God. And the strange thing about suffering is that you are able to help someone who might find themselves in a similar situation later on.
It is such a big deal to step out in faith to trust God, but that really is what he asks us to do. I like the scripture that says “… without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”. (Hebrews 11:6 NIV). It is God’s intention to reward those who seek to find their purpose in him.
Recently, I was reading the autobiography of Hudson Taylor who gave up everything he had at home to go to China to bring the gospel message to them. He literally made sacrifice after sacrifice so that he could be there. He ate sparingly so that he could save money.
He sought training as a doctor so that he could use that training when he got there. He practiced living on meager means because he knew he wouldn’t have much to live on when he got to China.
He wasn’t afraid to have his life disrupted to follow what his heart was telling him God wanted for him. He exercised such great faith in God that he wouldn’t even ask his boss for his salary when it was due. He determined that God would stir the man’s heart to know that it was time to pay him.
Even when he was down to nothing he still waited, and God came through for him. Hudson’s goal was to build his faith and trust in God because he knew God was calling him out into the deep by going to China.
We can rest assured about surrendering our will to God because he only wants what’s best for us.
- Are you taking the time to get closer to God?
- Are you living a life that is surrendered to him?
- Do you expect your life to be perfect when walking in God’s purpose?
- Are you stepping out in faith to be obedient to God?
- Would you be willing to leave your comfort zone to do God’s will?
Talkback: As always, I welcome your feedback!
Have you ever struggled with reconciling what you wanted for your life versus what you think God might be calling you to do?