So much talk of purpose. Of that thing we are each created for, striving for, searching for. And once we find “it”, our expectation is that we are somehow now complete, eyes wide open to the mystery of that one true thing we are called to.
I spent years searching for it. That “suddenly” when like a lightbulb in the sky illuminated all the mysteries of why God made me the way He did and the purpose of all my life’s experiences up to this day. I would jump from position to position, purpose to purpose, calling to calling to fulfill that longing to bring God glory…hoping, wishing that I had finally found it and my searching could rest.
But what if the purpose is so much more simple – not easy – than the positions I hold, people I know or even the things I do. What if my purpose was not to please people, be popular or even to scream from the roof top that I think Jesus is the best.decision.ever.
What if my purpose was simply to know Him? My determined purpose. Determined having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it.Philippians 3:10 in the amplified version says:
10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[a]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
Could it be that I spin my wheels searching for the complicated & elusive, all the while my sweet Savior waits for me to just come close. Breathe. And let Him rush in to all the empty spaces, filling me up?
Stop striving. Straining. Searching.
Comparing. Considering. Contemplating.
But God…He is all I need to know. I make it so much more complicated, but He never does.
Paul even prayed for us asking that “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better” (Ephesians 1:17).
Can I really rest there Lord? Just rest in knowing You? Oh Jesus, thank You.
May my determined purpose – the one I choose not to change my mind about – be to know Him. To experience my sweet Savior and walk with Him.
…everything else is gravy.