Graced With a Purpose
Purpose. It is what we as human beings are driven by. A lack of purpose can lead to a mediocre life – being willing to settle for less.
I believe everyone should live with their purpose in mind, however, one thing we do need watch out for is letting our purpose and what we do in life substitute our desire for being loved and accepted.
We can strive so hard in accomplishing our goals that we lose sight of the most important thing – Jesus. We find ourselves in Him first. We must first find our purpose in Jesus. Let Him show us our value.
Let Him show us how much we are worth in His sight. We can then go on from there and pursue what He has for us to accomplish. All the time knowing that what we do doesn’t give us our identity. He does.
“When we are first found in Him, nothing can shake us.”
When we are first found in Him, nothing can shake us. When we know that we received our dream from the Father, we can be sure that He will fulfill it even if everything around us tells us otherwise.
If we are not first found in Jesus we might question every step we take. If someone says we cannot do something, we may be tempted to stop and go a different direction just because of their words. But when we are secure in Jesus, we can then be secure in our purpose.
Our identity should be first found in Him, not in what we do.
There our times I get so focused on my dreams I lose sight of the “why” behind it. The tell-tale signs that I may have lost sight are: weariness, stress, busyness, and depression.
I start saying to God, “This is too much! I cannot handle all of this pressure!” And He gently responds with, “I know. I didn’t put that pressure on you. You did. My burden is easy and my yoke is light.”
So that tells me if my burden is heavy and my yoke is heavy I’ve stepped out of His grace and into my own ability, which is very limited.
Picture a Shetland pony trying to pull a wagon 10 times his size. You would see that pony pull, strain, toil, and stress out completely.
Now picture that same pony and wagon, but this time with a Huge Clydesdale horse in the same yoke with that little pony…
That little pony’s hooves may not even touch the ground any longer, but as soon as that Clydesdale takes it’s first step that little pony starts trying to pull as hard as it can. Instead of its burden being heavy anymore it’s burden is light, so light in fact that the pony has to hardly put any effort forth. That Clydesdale is carrying the weight, but the pony is reaping the benefit.
I think this is a great example of our relationship with God and the things He has called us to do on this earth. We have been graced with a purpose. It should be an easy pull. The stress and toiling should cease.
“Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:29-30
We should be in this with Jesus letting Him carry the weight and lead us in the direction he wants. Like the pony we still receive the benefit, even though we are not the source of strength.
Our purposes and dreams were never meant to be hard and stressful, they were meant to be directed by God’s grace. And through accomplishing those dreams we will be walking in the purpose to which we were called. Thank you Jesus for God’s grace!