Heard another pastor on the radio this week, and he was speaking about having a “purpose driven life.” Ugh. You know what, I am about sick of this theme! I think it’s all backwards. Instead of trying to figure out our gifts, plug in to a small group, and figure out God’s purpose for us (all this is focused on me finding my gifts, me plugging in to a small group, and me figuring out God’s purpose for me) we should be turning our eyes upon Jesus, focusing on Him and not on me or anyone else’s idea of what we should do. Yet another pastor is pointing Christians (and he was speaking to those already claiming to be Christians) to themselves, to spend time on figuring their thing out so they could follow some sort of purpose (supposedly God’s purpose). Now, I want to know, you out there who are seeking God’s purpose for your life, what exactly is this purpose? How did you begin to search it out? What was the thing that got you searching for God’s purpose to drive your life?
I’ll tell you how I have come to where I am in my life. In my sinful self, nowhere. I am nothing. My Jesus, He’s everything. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and I believe whether I am a janitor or the most famous writer and missionary, what I need to keep doing is keep seeking Christ Jesus. God does have something in my life for me to do, but it’s up to Him to show me. I can make my plans, but He is to direct my steps. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is my strength and my portion forever.” Period.
C’mon, pastors, quit following a plan written by a man in a book. Lift your heads from that book and turn your eyes upon Jesus.