Hi how are you all today? I am well. Don’t forget my first book has released on Amazon called “From Egypt to the Promised Land”. If you want an oversight of the Christian journey or you are a new Christian please get it. God has revealed so much truth in that book. I just wrote what he said. Thanks for your support.
It is nearly summer in my country and I am enjoying going barefoot and not wearing huge jumpers. What’s your favourite thing about summer?
This week I want to blog on returning to our purpose. Sometimes in life we get side tracked by stuff and events. We join this group or that because it is popular but it can be so far from our purpose. What assignment has God given you that you need to get back too?
The story of King David and Bathsheba started with a man getting away from his purpose. In 2 Samuel 11, the chapter starts off – “In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem”.
What and why did David stay at Jerusalem? Was he tired of fighting battles? Did he think because he was the king, he could choose what to do? I am not sure as the Bible doesn’t tell us. But one thing I know is that David had stepped away from his purpose. The consequences of that were dire. He committed adultery then murder then the child died. But after all that, his family was always in disarray. His son tried to usurp his authority and take over the kingdom which cost his life. Davids daughter was raped and was then subject to a life of singleness. All this happened because David had walked away from his purpose. Let’s not fall into the same trap.
Jesus on the other hand knew His purpose and spoke of it often. As I was reading my devotion last week, this fact really jumped out at me. Whenever people were ready to praise Jesus or try to crown Him king, He always came back to His purpose.
Mark 9 starts off with the story of the transfiguration where Jesus and two of His disciples climbed the mountain for Jesus to meet with the Father. This wasn’t the only purpose of this event as it was to give the disciples a glimpse of the second coming of Jesus and what He would look like.
Coming down from the high of the mountain, the next story in the chapter depicts Jesus casting out a deaf and dumb spirit out of a boy. The disciples tried to cast it out but couldn’t. So Jesus did!
What was remarkable about this story except the famous quote “I believe, help my unbelief” is that the top of the mountain experience didn’t take Jesus away from His purpose at all. His purpose on earth is found in Luke 4: 18 to 19. These verses talk about His life on earth and then there was the purpose in His death.
Verses 30 to 32 really stood out to me as I read them. Jesus had just had a great experience on the mountain and then healed a boy where the spirit had a stronghold on his life. But then what did He do? He walked away and continued on their journey. Jesus then basically said “hey guys just want you to know that I am going to be arrested and killed. But don’t worry I will rise from the dead three days later”. The disciples must have thought what just happened. But Jesus was returning to His purpose in His mind and with His speech. There are countless examples of this.
So what does it mean for us? Easy – keep the main thing, the main thing. Whatever God has called us individually to do, we must keep coming back to that. We are not to get sidetracked with awesome mountaintop experiences or get dragged down by hard valley experiences. We are to keep our eyes on God and His purpose for our lives.
This is how we keep living the life God intended for all of us.