All of us wants to know what our purpose in this life. Many are still in the process of figuring out. Often we respond to it base on what we see that we need to do or we depend it on the pressure that surrounds us.
What we need to understand is that it’s not about what we can do for God, but what God wants us to do. We need to ask God in prayer to teach our hearts to embrace the plans He has for us and to align our desires to His. And in prayer, we ask to prepare our hearts to be ignitable so it may burn for His glory, that we may learn to live our lives to the hilt, and for us to be willing to be expandable so that he can fulfill His works through us.
A. “Am I Ignitable?”
31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” – Luke 24:31-32 NIV
How many times we’ve heard God’s voice? And how did we respond?
Most of the time we respond to Him according to our own sets of standards. We try to tailor fit His instructions in a way that we think will be convenient for us. We rely on our reasoning instead of trusting His heart. As a result, we try to justify our works as if God needed us.
The God who speaks to us is the same God who redeems us. He is also the same God who will guide us. It’s not enough that our ears are open to listening. We also need to set our hearts to be ignitable and let it burn for his glory, and we will find ourselves in full surrender.
Every day, we face unceasing loads of responsibilities. From time to time, we encounter a problem of meeting the cultures with the truth from God’s words. We soak ourselves in the busy schedule of this world, and because of that, we are left sailing helplessly the middle of uncertainty.
In this journey, walk with God. Let His words and promises be the fire to ignite our hearts. Let that fire takes us to the safe harbor and set us apart in the eyes of this world. What may seem unknown to man is already known to God. He’s leading is bend in the direction of what he had already prepared for us. His dealings are different to each one of us, though the result is anchored on the same purpose.
B. Live to the Hilt.
“Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God” – Jim Elliot
Living life to the hilt means, “doing it to the uttermost or with nothing held back”.
As Christians, we are called for infinite adaptability. We are His ambassadors. As ambassadors, we are sometimes caught up in an unexpected situation that requires not just what we are but everything that we have. We are asked to step out from our comfort zone and entrust everything in the arms of Almighty.
The enemy is everywhere. It’s lurking around and will always try to hinder us from fulfilling our purpose. It always feed us with lies and will instill fear. Let’s not anchor our purpose base on who we are. Instead, anchor it to the one who rescued and gave us a new life.
The moment we received the new life is the same moment that we recognized the sovereignty of God in our lives. Everything that we have right now is from Him. Whatever we need to let go in the process is part of His greater plan.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things?If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31 (NIV)
C. Be Expandable
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23 New International Version (NIV)
We should be willing to be expandable in that way God can work through us. Following Him in obedience requires us to be expandable for His works are beyond what we can imagine.
Obedience means surrendering not just our plan for ourselves but also entrusting everything to Him. The moment we accepted Him as our Savior and Lord, we let Him take over the throne of our lives.
Therefore, our foundation must start by knowing and building our identity in Christ. Know the Creator first and learn first-hand the reason for our being before we go out to the world to fulfill our purpose as a child of God.
Jhoanna Mharie Valdueza, TLW Volunteer
Jhoanna is an AB Political Science graduate who’s advocacy is to share the truth of Jesus Christ to the youth through True Love Waits Philippines. She loves reading and most of the time immerses herself reading the works of Elisabeth Elliot, Corrie ten Boom and Leslie Ludy. You can check out her thoughts in jhoannavaldueza.wordpress.com