April 27, 2012 Bible Reading
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Let’s start with a confession. I have never read the book, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to, but I just haven’t yet. That may sound surprising to you because today I feel led to write about Purpose.
I find myself enamored with the conviction that Gideon has for God’s purpose for him. Gideon answered the call that God put in his life, but not before a little arguing with the Angel of the Lord. In fact, the Angel of the Lord had to overcome some objections with Gideon. Gideon didn’t think he was adequate to do the job, he was worried about his family, and he even had doubts about the calling itself. BUT… he listened and God used him to do mighty things.
Fast forward to Luke. We find the crucifixion of Jesus today. There is so much going on in this particular part, that I could write about it for days. Pilate’s fear of convicting Jesus, Pilate’s deferment to Herod, Herod sends Him back, Pilate caves to the crowd, Jesus is beaten and that’s all before Jesus is made to carry his own cross to Golgatha to be crucified. No, we’ll save this for a topic in the Bible Study on Tuesday.
The point is, Jesus knew his purpose and He was fulfilling it in obedience to our Father in Heaven. Because of Jesus’ obedience you and I have the gift of Salvation and eternal freedom from sin.
So today I reflect on purpose. As humans, we tend to think of the “Purpose of Our Lives” being very grand. This probably starts with people asking us as kids, “Are you gonna be president?” and other questions like that. Regardless of where our grand ideas of our purpose come from we must boil it down a bit.
I am learning that when the purpose seems small to me… that is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. The great things in the Bible all seem to start small. The great things that God has allowed me to be a part of started small too. I believe it’s about blooming where you are planted. God wants to use me and will according to my obedience to His purpose.
Is God Asking You To Do Something?
Boiling it down and recognizing the big purpose comes in small packages is my challenge for today. Where in your life have you come across a “little thing” that needs your help? Where in your life have you said, “I’d love to do that, but I’m waiting on what God wants me to do and I want to be ready.” Well my friend, I’m telling you that may just be the place to start. Pray about it and know for sure, but don’t ignore it.
I did for almost 10 years. Then the message got louder and louder.
“Help others see why reading the Bible in a Year is so life changing. Help others see what I have done for you by having a deeper relationship with Me.”
The Purpose Driven Life
As of the writing of this blog post, I have not read this book. I’ve always felt the “calling” to do so and keep putting it off. Today was no different. During my quick research for this post, the book title kept popping up in strange places. It’s not difficult to explain except that I wasn’t searching on the word purpose. I was searching on other things and found that Purpose has shown up to me a few times in the last few days. It is definitely a challenge though.
This is just like the way I was challenged by the Holy Spirit in my Testimony. I have been extended a challenge to read this book. I’m listening, Lord… You got it.
If you have read the book, please leave a comment and tell me what you thought of it.