Q. Ahh!!!…. What is my “purpose” in life?!
A. I think this must be the question of the ages! Countless books, and documents, have been written… all just on the subject of purpose! Ranging from “destiny to survival”! It is time my friend, for the subject of “purpose” to be settled once and for all! Keep reading!
“Is this my purpose ?!”
Just the other day, I was having conversation with my husband about living a “purpose” driven life. The conversation had come about as we were discussing that the word “purpose” just didn’t really seem to fit right in relation to the things we understood of God and His grace, and our freedom’s in Christ. The way the statement (“purpose driven life”) is phrased, it could almost come across as if we all have some Divine reason, and role, and responsibility in this life. Some “thing” that we all must DO to earn our successes, and to MAKE God happy. But “God”, the ultimate tormentor, has set us on this planet to be frustrated and neurotic until we figure out why we are all made… then we die! Bummer! With a god like that.. who needs an enemy?! The God we serve is love, and freedom, and restorative not torturing! So then what is God’s “purpose” for us?
It is His Pleasure to Give You the Kingdom…
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
As I start my studies of God’s Word, when I need to settle something in my spirit that just “doesn’t seem to fit”, I go to the Bible and begin to look for the very first time that the word which is being challenged is mentioned. Today I have challenged the word, “purpose”. God’s Word is NEVER at fault for our misunderstandings, so instead, I must assume that somewhere along the line, we as human beings might have mistranslated His Word. We instead have gotten “purposed” lost in translation. Let us look at the word, “purpose”.Scripture #1
- And let fall also [some] of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave [them], that she may glean [them], and rebuke her not. Ruth 2:16
In this passage, Ruth’s future husband Boaz is commanding his workers to let food fall to the ground as they harvest. The excess food will go to her. Purpose in this scripture literally means: shalal- to spoil, plunder, take spoil. “Purpose” in this scripture does not mean the same that we English traditionally define as “purpose”: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. (Oxford Dictionary) It was not Ruth’s purpose to be begging for spoil, it was Boaz’s pleasure to feed Ruth and her family. “Purpose” as defined traditionally? Strike #1!Scripture #2
- And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my father.. 1 King 5:5
Strike 2! “Purpose” in this scripture, (after going to the Hebrew) doesn’t even mean desire! It means: to say, speak, utter, determined. Solomon now is using the word “purpose” to indicate that he is commanding to do something. Here Solomon is talking about a definitive action! Next!!Scripture #3
- To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...
Finally! A scripture that confirms with us that everything that we have ever heard about “destiny” and “work” and “ethic”, and all of those modern day… “God-made-me-for-a-reason-to-do-something-on-this-planet-and-I-just-have-to-figure-out-what-it-is” cliches can be proven, right? Right? WRONG!
As it turns out “purpose” in Eccl 3:1, to my amazement, in the Hebrew is the word chephets… and are you ready for it? Chepets means…
What Then is God’s “Purpose” or “Pleasure” for You?
Perhaps upon discovery, and 3 Strikes out against traditional definitions, we can now see that our dear Oxfordonians have translated “purpose” a little too stringent, a little to focused on the “works”. As we know according to scripture, God’s purpose for us on this planet isn’t to work by the sweat of our brow anymore. This was handled on Calvary. God’s purpose in our New Covenant in this life is to please Him, and give Him pleasure.
Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. 1 Th 2:4 NLT
Jesus Himself told us to “Fear not, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Interestingly enough, in the Greek, this word “pleasure” is rooted in the word determined! One could translate (if one wished) “it is your Father’s good purpose to give you the kingdom”!
“God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”- Eric Liddell
When Can YOU Feel God’s Pleasure? This Could be Your Purpose!
The question then today is… When can you feel God’s pleasure? If, as we have learned in this study that it is our purpose on this planet to please Him, and that when we are pleasing Him we are fulfilling our “God-given purpose”, when do you feel God is “pleased”? What causes in you that emotion, that feeling, that (above self-satisfaction) sense of “well-done good and faithful servant”? Is it when you run? Is it when you sing? Is it when you give? Is it when you take care of the sick? Is it when you are caring for children? The list is endless! The key to your happiness, and living life on “purpose” is to be found in the career or vocation that moves you to feel God’s pleasure!
“A man can not do well, that which he does not love to do.”
Here is a short list of notable men and women, who have made a living out of careers focusing on what they love:
- John D. Rockefeller – oil magnate
- John G. Lake- business man, missionary
- Andrew Carnegie- business man, entrepreneur, philanthropist
- R.G. LeTourneau- inventor
- F.F. Bosworth- evangelist, broadcaster
- Sojourner Truth- abolitionist
- Kirk Franklin- gospel music singer and author
- John C. Maxwell- author, speaker, Pastor
- Bobby Jones – amateur golfer
- Ronald Reagan- US President, Governor, actor
- Martin Luther King Jr- clergyman, activist, and prominent civil rights leader
All of the men and women listed above have had strong moral conscious and religious convictions which drove then to do the impossible, see the potential, and overcome the inevitable! They “felt God’s pleasure”… and they ran with it! Now lets add YOU to the list!
My Prayer Today,
Lord Jesus, my prayer today God, would be that You would quicken the dream within our readers hearts. That the sparkle of greatness in them would become a burning desire to bring You pleasure! That they would begin to undergo the transformation process from being burdened by “purpose”, to lifted up in Your pleasure and they will begin to will to please You! Be delighted in us oh Lord! It is not in vanity or pride or accomplishment that we are moved Lord, but let it be YOUR pleasure- YOUR desire to GIVE us the Kingdom! We cannot do anything to earn it… You have freely GIVEN it to us! Ignite Your children’s dreams again Lord! Show them the pleasure You have in them when they please You with what they are doing in their lives. Give them the guts, and the heart, and the DESIRE to try! Try! And then try again! Then Lord… well, I ask… that You would give them SUPERNATURAL results! Show them how they can use their gifts and talents to please You, and Lord… find them well pleasing and ON purpose! In Your Son Jesus’ name AMEN!
God Bless you my friends,
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