Determination. The pursuit of purpose. The hunger to fulfill destiny, the passion to fulfill purpose, once discovered, are all consuming. It’s like being in love, but now it’s even deeper because now it’s being in love with God and the unfolding of His divine purpose, and following His blueprint for our lives. It becomes very difficult to focus on anything else. One develops a craving for His Presence, His instruction, His unconditional love and faultless guidance and direction. One prepares him or herself to run the race to the end. We become zoned in, thirsty for more; we thirst to hear His voice, our hearts beat with the question, “what next LORD?” We are yielded, not knowing all the answers yet fearless, strengthened by faith, empowered by conviction, filled with the truth that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We will not turn back, we hold fast to Him, nothing else can take His place. Many voices can speak, but we only want to hear His voice. People will counsel us, give us their thoughts, give us their wisdom, but we always turn back to Him our God and our Maker, and ask, “but what do You say, Father? I will wait to hear your voice.” And we wait for him, even when it hurts, because we know that His response, will take away every discomfort, will bring the glory of His Presence, will usher in His divine intervention and provision. We will not settle for less, because we have known Him, tasted Him, touched Him and seen Him. We know that He is real. We know that He is our peace, our joy, our salvation, our life. And we know that His purpose in us will not settle for less, but all of Him.
Sometimes, in our humanity, we might cave in to the battles of life, but He certainly will not give up on us. We know that it is impossible for Him to start a thing and not finish it. He always completes what He begins, and so we hold on, no matter what, steadfast, immovable, because we know Whom we believe, Who we trust, Who gives us breath to pursue, conquer and overcome. We develop and gradually change from our carnal nature and senses, and we melt into Him, looking forward to transforming into our original form, created by His hands and breath, becoming more like Him, thinking, talking and walking more like Him, in a world that rejects everything about Him. But we do not stop, even when we are seen as weird, strange, stupid, idiotic, we will not settle for less. We know what we carry , what we have experienced in Him, and there is no turning back. We surrender, even with our troubles, imperfections, shame, guilt and insecurities. We have faith and understanding that He will work on us and walk us into perfection. We are His and He is ours, and His love is sweeter than wine. He will love us to very end and finish His work in us, and so we yield, waiting breathlessly for Him. We refuse to settle for less. We want Him, need Him, hunger for Him to fulfill His divine plan and purpose in and for our lives. We are convinced that He will come through. And He will.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. ~Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
We know, understand and believe that God will come for His treasure in us, and that that treasure will settle for nothing less than His touch and instruction. One can hold back and not let Him in, or can open his or her mind and heart and let Him in to start His beautiful, wonderful, magnificent work, in one’s life. This is work beyond imagination, beyond human power, wisdom, thought, idea, science or philosophy. How can we possibly know more than the One who created us? Is it possible to be wiser than Him, to know better than Him? How does that make sense, at all? We are fighting a losing battle. At the end of the day, He will get the praise, He will get the glory. You can join in, in that praise and that glory, or you can live a life never knowing, never experiencing the better part of you, formed and created by Him, filled with His purpose and victory! As for me, as for us out there who get it, we will relentlessly pursue Him until we can declare His praise, giving in to Him second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year. He is unending, infinite, we want more of Him. We have discovered that true divine purpose will not settle for less. It wants all of Him, and gives its all to God. True purpose will yield to its Maker and the Giver of its life. It will not rest until it brings glory and praise its original creator, God.
The people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise. ~Isaiah 43:21 (ESV)
True purpose knows that it is not man-made. It knows the character of its Manufacturer. It knows Who gave it breath and brought it to life, and is lying deep within you, within all of us, waiting to fulfill our lives, waiting to shine through us, and waiting to show off God’s glory and how worthy He is. Purpose understands what it means to give God all the glory, honor and power. It lives for that, and when we accept and understands this, our yearning turns toward God, and a never ending hunger and thirst to fulfill His purpose, to show His Light, to show His glory, develops inside us and takes over us. It costs us nothing to worship Him, in fact we cannot live without telling Him of His faithfulness, His mercy and His power. We give in, because true divine purpose, will not settle for less. It must worship God, it must reveal and boast of His goodness. It must make God shine, it must give Him all the glory. He is worthy!
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelations 4:9-11 (ESV)
Ah, I am at a loss for words right now, as I write. How does one describe purpose that will not settle for less and yearns only for God and the things of God? With what words do I even begin to explain what it is like when one discovers that he or she has been created, chosen and predestined, to fulfill God’s plans for their lives? In my humanity, I am limited, words fail me. I don’t think I can fully describe what it is like to be totally and completely yielded to God and His divine purpose. You have to experience it, and I hope that you choose to do so, my dear friend. God will keep coming to you, will keep reminding you and will continue to wait for you to come to the knowledge of, and to yield to, who you really are. I pray that you allow your free-will to submit to His unconditional love, and permit Him to perform His works of restoration and transformation in and through you.
Chosen one, choose His divine purpose and blueprint and system, not the agenda, ideologies, philosophies and systems of Man. Those will fail you, and you know it. For your deepest satisfaction and profound joy and indescribable peace, choose His Divinity, His ways, and live the kind of life that words fail me to describe. That you feel so lost, insecure, unworthy, ashamed, depressed, restless for more, indicates that the God-created purpose inside you wants to come out. It wants to show you who you are to God. It’s tired of settling for less, lying dormant within you, mediocre and wasting away. You are feeling the way you are because true purpose that will not settle for less is burning inside you like fire and wants to come out, wants to be released to spread and do what it came to do. It won’t stop, it won’t go away, it’s inside you. You can staunch it, ignore it, try to fill your life with material ad man-made things, with all kinds of theories and actions, all kinds of behaviors and vices, but you cannot beat r conquer God’s divinity. You cannot ever completely quench the passion of divine purpose yielding to its Maker and its burning thirst to accomplish it’s purpose on this Earth, through you. It will fight you, in order to fulfill its quota. It will not settle for less. Stop fighting it. Give in to it and stick with it. Nothing else will do. Don’t settle for less.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. ~Ephesians 1:11-12 (NIV)
God has a hope for you and for His glory. Don’t fight Him. You can try, but it’s useless. He will fulfill that hope. Permit His purpose in you, and for you, to blossom. Divine purpose in us will not settle for less. We are built with it, to carry out God’s plans for our lives, and the lives of others. It is determined to not fail God, you or the world. Are you? it knows why it’s here. Do you know why you are here?