“The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me. But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.” Jonah 1:1-3
God has called everyone to do something special and it is our purpose. Everyone’s purpose will look different because each of one of us is unique and a masterpiece especially crafted by God. I would like each of us to take a moment to examine our hearts and ask ourselves this question: What is my purpose? Everything in your life should be pointing in the direction of your purpose. Anything else we are doing is just a distraction.
In the scripture above, Jonah was called to speak to a group of people about God. Jonah ran away and went the opposite direction. He eventually ended up the belly of whale and after three days and night, he was spit out by the whale and obeyed God. It is easy to look at Jonah and judge him but none us can judge him. God redeemed his story and he did eventually obey God.
How many times have we ignored a word from God? How many times have we went the opposite direction or path God laid out before us? How many of us have attempted to sabotage our calling? How many times have we tried to hide from God? We cannot hide from God. Psalms 139: 6-7 says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”
So now is time for a heart check? What have you put off? What are you running from? This Labor Day weekend and beyond, get real before God. Pray and fast seeking God’s face about your purpose. Next, get in the word of God. The Bible will refresh and revitalize your soul as you deepen your relationship with God. Also, find a trusted person or group of people who will pray for you, correct you in love and hold you accountable about your progress. Next, you have to do some pruning of people, places and things that do not line up with your purpose. Next, start taking real and practical steps in your purpose.
What are some real and practical steps? You can read about people who have done what you are trying to do. Also, you can read books and listen to sermons that will light a fire in your soul. I would recommend Joyce Meyer’s “Do It Afraid” and “Battlefield of The Mind” and Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life“. A great recent sermon I listened was by pastor Devon Franklin entitled, “Hearing God .” You can interact on social media with people who are where you see yourself one day. You can see the ups and downs of walking in your purpose. Proverbs 13: 20 says, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
So now here comes the hard part: Just do it, now! Yes, there will be setbacks, fear and failures but there comes a day we must stop sitting on the sidelines of life and must do it. I know I am supposed to be doing guest blogging and be featured in print and online publications. I am going to explore those options and keep you posted. I am going to step out of my comfort zone and do it afraid. Please hold me accountable.
I am looking forward to hearing about what steps you are taking to accomplish all God has called you to be. Happy Labor Day! I will leave you with Ephesians 3:20-21. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”