Are you living on purpose? Does it feel like the days drag you along, and you are fighting to chose what to do next? Or, are you positioning yourself to live each moment on purpose? God gives us the option or even power to choose. Sadly, many people will never experience the freedom and exhilaration that I have found in being able to choose what I am going to do in any given day. They get dragged from day to day, taking life as it comes, and hope for a better tomorrow. Thats not my dream, and frankly it sounds like a nightmare. Certainly there are things that I have to do, we all have those, however I am able to choose to do them on purpose. There’s freedom in the difference. Let me explain.
I have this philosophy, that at least for me has served me well. I have set my heart to do everything on purpose. There is actually biblical wisdom in this. When Solomon was still a young man, God gave him permission to ask for anything he could imagine. Of course, according to Scripture, 2 Chronicles 1:7-10; we see that God was really testing Solomon’s heart. Solomon did something in that moment that is unconventional in my opinion. Solomon responds to God’s offer from a position of purpose. When I read this passage of Scripture, what hits me is Solomon’s understanding of the magnitude of what he has been made responsible for. I think in Solomon’s response we see a young man that is overwhelmed by the awesome task of a leading a people that in his own words are, “as numerous as the dust of the earth.”
Notice however, that before Solomon asked for God’s Wisdom, he was obviously wise enough to recognize the grandeur or the magnitude of his calling. You and I are no different than Solomon, you just might not realize it. Do you really think that God holds Solomon in higher regard than you? Do you really think that there is a difference in the quality of God’s handiwork in creating Solomon and His handiwork in creating you? There’s none. The only difference in Solomon’s result and what we often get is that Solomon chose to think purposefully.
This means that Solomon weighed in his heart all that he was responsible for and all that he wanted to accomplish, and decided what he would need to best fulfill his calling. In Luke 14:28-32, Jesus reveals the importance of counting the cost of what you are going to do. And you count the cost of what it will take to accomplish your life’s work you will know what to ask God for. This is what Solomon did. Jesus reminds us to ask for what we want and then we will receive it, Matthew 7:7. James tells us that we often go without the things we need and want because we do not ask, and then when we do ask our motivations or the intensions of our request are wrong, James 4:2-3.
But, God responds favorably to Solomon’s request because he did not ask for: possessions, wealth, honor, the life of those who hated him, or long life, 2 Chronicles 1:11-12. Solomon asked for what he truly needed, he asked for wisdom. Solomon’s request was purposeful, and God responded by giving him not only wisdom and knowledge, but also riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings who were before him and none that will ever come after him. Now that powerful!
So what do we do with this? You and I must daily, measure the cost of living. That means that we have to actually think about what we will need to be successful in this day, and any other to come. It is purposeful living. In joy, and on purpose, I am going to live my life. Each day I recognize that I have responsibilities, people depend on me, and I have a life anointed by God to live. I will never be Solomon or have what he has had, that is guaranteed in the Word of God, by God. However, my life’s work is no less important to the King of Kings, our Great Creator. So I have to think of my life and it’s worth the way God thinks of it. And when I do this, I can see the grandeur that Solomon faced. When I do this, I realize that I must be purposeful in my living. I need wisdom and knowledge. I must, seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, Matthew 6:33.
If you live with this purposeful mindset:
- You’ll have something better than rubies, and nothing desired can be compared to it – Proverbs 8:11-12
- You’ll become happy – Proverbs 3:13
- Your temperance will change and you’ll become good with your words – Proverbs 17:27
- You will have obtained the key ingredient to success – Proverbs 4:7
What do you want to accomplish most in life?
What do you need to accomplish this or to find success?
Have you asked God for what you want or need? And, if you have not received your request yet, did you ask with the right intentions?
Lord, You know my life and my heart. Thank you for giving me all that I have, and for providing in ways that I have not yet understood. All that You have made me responsible for and accountable to accomplish is too great for me without you. Father, please give me wisdom to know what to do and how to do it. Father please give me understanding through your Holy Spirit. I know that with your wisdom and knowledge I can accomplish anything that you have for my life. Help me to live each day with purpose and intentional actions that please You and bring You glory. Without You I can do nothing and with You all things are possible. Thank you for answering my prayer for wisdom and understanding, and I receive them both in faith. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
Since this is the first post for my new blog I am very thankful that you read this post to the end. I want to know what you are doing on purpose to fulfill God’s calling on your life.