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God’s Purpose or Mine?

This is a great excerpt from “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers that I wanted to share with you all. It is about God’s true purpose for our lives. I encourage you to let it soak in. Here it is:
He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side . . . —Mark 6:45

We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.

What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see “Him walking on the sea” with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see “Him walking on the sea” ( Mark 6:49 ). It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.

God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.

God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.

This topic is one I often think about; what is my purpose? It is so hard to grasp that it is not about the destination, but about the journey along the way. As humans it seems the destination is what we are programed to dwell on…and most of us spend our lives preparing for it…but as Chambers stated, “What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.”
Lets begin to realize this, and in doing so, treat each moment like it is; precious.

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  • Douglas Roberts December 5, 2013, 6:04 am

    Wow!! I changed my heart for the Lord a few years ago and I have been waiting on the “gifts” that I thought were promised to me. I have been patient, thinking it is time, time to receive them. I have been burdened because i want my gifts, but your article has helped released my heart from
    this burden!!!

    Its not about the gift!!! It is about my walk with God!! It is about following his word!!!! Wow!!!

    I have been lusting after so many things and I’m a shame. But after reading your article I see the error of my ways. I can’t wait to start enjoying my life again and enjoy my journey with the Lord.

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