I have been given a Purpose

Refocused

And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” ~ Luke 10:27, NASB

God has purposed life for me. He has had a plan since the foundation of the world. But it isn’t all about me. Life, my life is not all about me; my pursuits, my hopes and dreams. My life isn’t supposed to be centered on myself.

I need to refocus of God’s purpose.

Though all my plans and striving and frustrations, God’s purpose isn’t complicated. In writing, we talk about a hook–the pitch that boils down the entirety of our work, which can range up to three or four hundred pages. Boiling that down to one sentence is one of the hardest exercises for the writer’s brain. But it’s a must–it focuses our work, defines our efforts and refines the final product.

God’s purpose is refined in one statement as well. Love The Lord with all my heart, and love others. In this twin command we gain clear definition. It applies to every aspect of living, and makes clear God’s purpose in that life He has promised. And it defines His vision for my life, which gives me purpose. . . refocused.

I have been given a Purpose

Take My Life and Let It Be by Frances R. Havergal

This song filled my mind as I thought about purpose yesterday. My prayer for purpose, for vision. For living. If you click here, the link will take you to a youtube version of Chris Tomlin singing. Hope it blesses you today.

  1. Take my life and let it be
    Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
    *Take my moments and my days,
    Let them flow in endless praise.
  2. Take my hands and let them move
    At the impulse of Thy love.
    Take my feet and let them be
    Swift and beautiful for Thee.
  3. Take my voice and let me sing,
    Always, only for my King.
    Take my lips and let them be
    Filled with messages from Thee.
  4. Take my silver and my gold,
    Not a mite would I withhold.
    Take my intellect and use
    Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
  5. Take my will and make it Thine,
    It shall be no longer mine.
    Take my heart, it is Thine own,
    It shall be Thy royal throne.
  6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
    At Thy feet its treasure store.
    Take myself and I will be
    Ever, only, all for Thee.
I am rich

Christian Wealth

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. ~ 2 Peter 1:3-8, NIV

We teach our kids that money is a tool. Not inherently evil (please, please don’t misquote Paul’s letter to Timothy!), not necessarily good. A tool, that can be made useful for others, or can be wielded to destruction (usually to ourselves). Investing money is a method to build wealth—to use appropriately and to share with others. It isn’t a recipe for self-esteem, for social ladder-climbing, or for showing off. Investing wisely is simply a way to use what we have been blessed with to be responsible and to bless others, glory to God.

I thought of that investment principle as I read through Second Peter. These qualities of faith are listed a bit like a ‘snowball concept’ in the financial world. Add to faith goodness. In other words, invest your faith in goodness—it will increase both yours and other’s faith. Add to goodness knowledge—continue building that faith, which has increased by goodness, with knowledge. To knowledge self-control . . .perseverance . . . godliness . . . mutual affection . . . and love.

The path to Christian wealth. Not a trail to large bank accounts, but to qualities of faith that make us useful and productive. I like that. I want to be useful—I think we’ve been created with purpose.

When you think of Christian wealth, do you think of a faith that is made useful?