Wednesday

Don't give yourself a mission you were not sent

Recently, I read a guy's perception on the issue of purpose, the article was meant to criticize a popular pastor's opinion on the same subject. Though the writer feels concern for people who are confuse with what they think they should be doing, he said if you don't know if you should be a doctor or an evangelist, pick one and do the stuff of the gospel. An advice which I believe is dangerous.

As much as I like the concept of the documentary called The secret, while watching it again (I guess I never paid attention before or probably because of my new insight), I was surprise when Neale Donald Walsch said "There is no blackboard in the sky on which God has written your purpose, your mission in life... Your purpose is what you say it is, your mission is the mission you give yourself".

Excuse me, every creation is created for a purpose, and it is only the creator that can judge it and say whether the created has fulfiled it purpose or mission. How wise will it then be if the created can ask the creator for the purpose for which it was created and work in that light, rather than work blindly and thereby "....shut God out and work behind the scenes, plotting the future as if you knew everything, acting mysterious, never showing your hand. You have everything backward! You treat the potter as a lump of clay. Does a book say to its author, 'He didn't write a word of me'?"- Isaiah 29: 16 MSG

I believe it is very normal for us at some point in our life to ask the question what am I here for? why am I on earth? What is my purpose? And the truth is that it doesn't matter how you twist or ask that question, what I believe you are saying is really "God, why did you created me".

Truly, your parent or pastor, who by God's grace can guide you into purpose but they cannot tell you your life purpose because they are not the one that created you. And deciding to do anything with the thought that the stuff of the gospel is all you need is wrong. I believe there is a reason an individual is confuse, and telling the person to do whatever they wish isn't going to end their confusion.

Somebody once said ever since Adam and Eve ate the forbidding fruit, every unregenerated man thoughts will naturally gravitate towards evil, maybe that is true, maybe that is while the Bible says "There's a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell" Proverbs 14:12 MSG

And as much as I will like to ask "what is the big deal in asking God your purpose?". I believe it is not the question that is the problem, at times it is the believing. The faith to believe we are what God says we are, or the feeling that we are not worthy to be used by God. And that mindset is not true.

There is away God speak to everyone of us and the first way is through is words which I believe is relevant to everyone of us. It is true that Google, Snap chat, Facebook and brain surgery were not written in the bible but the revelation, inspiration or the thoughts that drops into your heart as a result of your relationship with God can be a pointer to your purpose.

I remember a day I was reading a part of the scripture, I had read that particular chapter over 300 times (it was my daily confession at a point), but this day a thought dropped into my heart, I knew I did not cook it up, yet it looked surreal, but I was wise enough to write it down. Later in the week while discussing with a sister from Church, I shared my experience and the next thing she asked was if she had told me before, it happened that while praying for each members of her cell, she had received the exact words about me but forgot to tell me!

I knew it was God way of confirming those word to me, I probably wouldn't have taken it deep to heart if she had told me before I received it. And even though I wrote it down, I probably could have ignored it as one of those good thoughts.

You see, most times knowing what your life is about or what to do, does not come spectacular, nobody may even confirm it, but your faith in God will enable you to live it out.

It is true that there is no blackboard in the sky where your purpose is written and you can just look it up. But please don't give yourself a mission you were not sent. I pray you receive the faith to hear and believe what God is saying about you and live it out. Amen!

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