Our Purpose Comes From God’s Revelation
How have your goals affected other people?
When you seek God first, how do your goals change?
Jeremiah 17:5-10 “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. 7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” 9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10 “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
Our hearts can deceive us. God, on the other hand, is never fooled. He perfectly connects our calling, with our character and faith in Christ. We all make plans, but God is not going to bless our plans if they go against His will. We need to get rid of our fast-food mind set and stop trying to be busy doing what we believe is best. Jesus was twelve when He started focusing on His Fathers business in the temple, but He was thirty years old before officially stepped into the fulltime ministry that His Father had prepared for Him. He was successful because He was always connected to the father’s will. Our goal isn’t to do great things that will impress God or others. Our goal is to ask God what He is already doing in our area and join Him in what He is already doing. Don’t tell God to bless you in the position or situations that you think you should have. If you do, you will be outside of God’s will and you will be on the wrong path that will end in defeat and discouragement. Whatever assignment the Lord gives you, do it with all you heart.
Colossians 3:23a Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord
Are you asking God to bless your plans, or are you asking Him to reveal His plans to you? Then, listen in prayer for the answer.