One Purpose

13 Jun

Purpose.

We seek it.  Question it.  Wonder if we are really living it.

If you are like me, perhaps it can become about what you do.  My Type A, get-it-done personality can become consumed with life’s details and busyness.   And I can fall into the performance trap.

Accomplishment can quickly trump intimacy with God.  Soon purpose can be a twisted need for validation or to feel worthy.

When this happens red flags appear. Control, frustration, and pride surface. Things I want take priority.  I become the center of my purpose.

The remedy begins with being gut honest with God. Confess my self-centered spirit.  Return to soaking my thoughts and attention in His Word. Pray for a craving, a hunger for Him.

And relinquishing my desires and goals for complete devotion to the One who created me.

The One who created each of us for a purpose.  Not to check off every good thing on our to-do lists. Not for our jobs . Not even to care for our families and others we love.  These have purpose. But these deeds, these loved people, are not the purpose.

Our purpose is to worship God.

Scriptures express what we are designed to be.  Worshippers of the One who deserves our adoration.

Psalm 95:6 “O come let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before our LORD our maker.”

Isaiah 6:3:  “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Revelation 4:11  “YOU are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor and power:  for you created all things, and for your pleasure they were created.”

Only from a pure heart of worship can we bring glory to God.  Through that lens our focus is clear.  We have direction.  We hear Him. We are compelled to follow Him.

To know Him.  And become like Him.

Because when worshipping God IS our purpose, our words and works cannot help but praise Him.

If you like, take a quiet moment to worship in Psalm 96 (click here).

“Worship is man’s full reason for existence.  Worship is why we are born and why we are born again.” ~ A.W. Tozer

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9 Responses to “One Purpose”

  1. worthydaughters June 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    We are on the same page of worship and praise today, I see. Love this thought: The good things we do HAVE purpose but they are NOT our purpose. Amen, sister.

    • Hearts Unfold June 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      It’s been a life journey to finally embrace this simple purpose. Thank you my friend.

  2. pam hinote June 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    One purpose, one God and He is good! Thanks for sharing… 🙂

    • Hearts Unfold June 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

      Pam ~ that should have been the blog title. One Purpose One God!

  3. Ginger Griffith June 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    To GLORIFY and ENJOY Him forever in EVERYTHING we do and say is indeed our purpose! Great word, Beth!

    • Hearts Unfold June 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

      I am experiencing that more each day, Ginger. The rest takes care of itself, doesn’t it? 🙂

  4. Michelle Dycus June 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Just printed all your blogs!! Awesome words. Thank you. I am going to share your writings with The Charis House Ladies. Love you Beth!

    • Hearts Unfold June 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      Michelle ~ we serve an awesome, awesome God. Thank you for the encouragement you have always been to me. Love you and miss seeing your beautiful face ’round here!

  5. Bruce Finney June 15, 2012 at 2:22 am #

    Goes right with my study on idols today! Thanks Beth

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