Community Fast, Day 4: Vision & Purpose

“This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord…” Ephesians 3:11

Since the beginning of man, one common question dwells among us; What is our purpose? This question is further evidence that we were made in God’s image.  In the deepest corner of our human soul, we know that we have a purpose that is far greater than the immediate.  We desire to have an impact that lasts far beyond our own existence on this earth.  

The Bible confirms this question and gives us a purpose.  In Ephesians 5, Paul tells us the will of the Lord for us is to be “filled with the Spirit,” to “give thanks for all things,” and to be “subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” (Eph. 5:17-20).  1Thessalonians tells us to “be sanctified,” and Romans 12 say that we are to be “transformed by the renewing of our mind,” so that we can “prove what the will of the God is.” God’s will is that none shall perish, but for all to come to repentance. (2Peter 3: 9)  If we look closely, God has given us a purpose: draw near to Him so that we, in turn, can draw others near to Him as well.  This is the call for all believers.  It seems overly simple, but that’s it.  We can rest assured knowing that we do have a greater purpose than what our jobs, hobbies, and even families can offer.  And we know that this purpose will effect change that not only outlasts our lives, but the existence of our world.  This purpose that has been given to us shall effect eternity.  

But how do we obtain this purpose? How do we make sure that our lives are being lived in a manner that achieves the mandate explained above?  That requires vision.  Vision manifests itself in three steps: (1) an honest review of the past, (2) an inventory of the present, and (3) a plan for the future.  In order to avoid being carried downstream, taking time to do the above, in conjunction with prayer, mediation, and pouring over the scriptures, we can accomplish the purpose God has called us to.  

The irony, however, comes when the Lord tells us to wait.  We can actively be living out our purpose even in times of waiting.  Obedience to the Lord takes on many shapes and forms, and is uniquely tailored for each of us.  Often, our vision for our lives is different from the one the Lord has in store for us.  We must wait, pray and be obedient to the vision that God has cast for our lives in order to fulfill our purpose.  Only the arrogant believe that they can plan their own steps.  Those who wait on the Lord, who commit themselves to prayer, and are willing to be obedient to the Lord’s calling are given the most powerful of visions.  God has given us a purpose and He will reveal His vision to us when we wait, and when we are ready to be obedient.  

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Hunter Walton has been a member at Normandy since 2017.  Aptly named, he enjoys duck hunting, goose hunting, pheasant hunting, treasure hunting, and bargain hunting with his wife Rachel and their new dog, Moses.