As the year ends, many of us are frustrated by dreams that never saw the light of day, goals that were never accomplished and many failures. I write this blog with the intention of reducing these regrets every end of the year. This is a time for planning for 2013 and before penning down your new year’s resolutions, read this blog. I dare say that we all have something in us that can change the world, but the problem is we are looking for it in all the wrong places. I can guarantee that you will never miss the target again!
John 12:3-8 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of the disciples, or Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” this he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money-box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, “Let her alone, she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”
We often chase big fantasies in the quest of purpose and miss out on doing things right in front of us; like Judas, we want to sound “noble” by giving to the poor, starting charitable organisations and helping the needy. We have this view that by reaching out to others we will find our purpose but the problem is unless called by God, we do this as a cover up of our lives which feel worthless. Judas was a thief and the only reason he gave his suggestion was so that he would have more money to steal. On the other hand Mary did what mattered rather than chase after a fantasy, she drew closer to Christ-this is the secret to being on target when it comes to purpose.
Instead of chasing our purpose, we need to chase after God, there we will find purpose.
Here is how we get on target,
- Salvation-The Bull’s Eye
John 12:35-36 Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of the light.”
Jesus refers to himself as the light and it is only through Him that we know where we are going. At this point He was talking to the disciples about His death and He wanted them to follow Him closely so that they would walk in purpose; He knew their potential to change the world with the gospel of God but the only way these disciples would experience all that potential within them was by staying with Christ.
Jesus Christ died on the cross but He offered a way for us to always be with Him through the resurrection, now we do not stay around Him like the disciples, but He stays within us when we get saved. Jesus’ first pointer towards finding purpose is salvation. It is only when we give our lives to Christ, that we know where we are going. The Lord is the creator and His word the manual, unless we consult with the creator and His manual, then whatever we do with our lives is not what they are purposed for.
With the target analogy, salvation is the bull’s eye; it all comes down to our relationship with Christ.
- Leave the world behind-Perfect aim
John 12:24-26 “Most assuredly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves His life will lose it, He who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
Our salvation gets us in the door, but leaving the world determines the size of the mansion. The more we sacrifice our own desires in the world and let God give us what He has for us, the higher we rise in purpose. The more we release the more we gain.
Aside from material gains of the world, our thinking is changed to align with God’s will. We acquire new standards of living, rather than hate and criticize we love and encourage, instead of fear we gain faith, instead of worrying we depend on God. Unless this change occurs, our salvation is of no relevance. To be relevant, we need to grow in relevant things-God’s Word, prayer and fellowship.
Many people undermine the importance of these three practices but it is in them that we stay in salvation; it is in them that we leave the world and “aim” better. These practices never stop.
Never stop aiming, always hit the bull’s eye.
- “Go and Make Disciples” Part 3: Purposefully Pray (gracesatisfies.wordpress.com)
- The Key to a Purposeful Life, Part 1 (russellboard.typepad.com)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.