Maybe it is time we quit asking ourselves and others—What is (your/ my) purpose?
When we ask this we are setting ourselves up for overthinking. We also tend to get frustrated and think that God is calling everyone (else) to a grand purpose; yet, we don’t know ours!
Why won’t you tell me my purpose? I pray and pray and pray. The decades are going by and yet still I hear nothing. I am guided to nothing. No one comes to me and gives me a Word that you have placed on their heart for me. I see no visions. I hear no answer. And worst of all the Bible isn’t set up to tell me to go to a specific modern-day place of employment, nor to start my own.
Ever been there? Ever spent MORE than enough time in meditation and prayer seeking God’s individual will for your life? I mean, after all, there are several great stories about people who received a call. They knew! They were guided! The Holy Spirit whispered, or shouted it, to them. So, why not you?—We ask.
Why don’t we quit asking the specifics and try, just try, to live up to the general.
We are called to be Holy. NOW…that is impossible…yet it is our calling, our purpose!
Hmph. “What? C’mon Kate, there is more to it than that. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. I know all that! But I want to know what God wants ME to do!”
Leviticus 11:44-45 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
44 For I am Yahweh your God, so you must consecrate yourselves and be holy because I am holy. You must not defile yourselves by any swarming creature that crawls on the ground. 45 For I am Yahweh, who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God, so you must be holy because I am holy.
Leviticus 19:2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
2 “Speak to the entire Israelite community and tell them: Be holy because I, Yahweh your God, am holy.
Leviticus 20:7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
7 Consecrate yourselves and be holy, for I am Yahweh your God.
1 Peter 1:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your [a]stay here in fear;
That is what God wants you and I to do.
Are you there yet? Have you mastered that one yet?
No? Neither have I. Everyday, every hour, it is a challenge we must rise up to.
Now I am going to go far left with this and be nit-picky. But this is just my personal example from this morning.
I love the Latin Radio channel on Pandora. It energizes me. And the songs in Spanish are sometimes the best BECAUSE I do not know what they are saying. So I don’t get emotional or guilty, I just enjoy the beat. BUT TODAY… I was listening and bopping along with a song from Pitbull. I happen to like Pitbull – there an admission. But here were the lyrics that I heard in the background WHILE I was praying:
Mr. Worldwide to infinity
You know the roof on fire
We gon’ boogie oogie oggi, jiggle, wiggle and dance
Like the roof on fire
We gon’ drink drink and take shots until we fall out
Like the roof on fire
Now baby give a booty naked, take off all your clothes,
and light the roof on fire
Tell her baby baby baby baby
I’m in fire
I tell her baby baby baby
I’m a fireball
I saw, I came, I conquered
Or should I say, I saw I conquered, I came
They say the Chico on fire and he no liar
While y’all slippin’ he runnin’ the game
Now big bang boogie
Get that kitty little noogie
In a nice nice little shade
I gave Suzie a little pat up on the booty
And she turned around and said
Walk this way
HMPH! A song about getting it on.
Normally I just keep tapping my foot or walking along when I hear this song. But somehow the song suddenly seemed inappropriate during prayer.
Here’s the problem… God is always with us.
So, it isn’t just in prayer that He is hanging out with us.
So, I ask you—are these the lyrics you would be turning up, with Jesus in your passenger seat, driving along the HWY? No? hmmm …then why are we so happy to be filling our minds with it while Jesus is invisible—yet with us?
Some of you are going to be repulsed that I went this far.
You will say “but Kate, its only music. It is just for fun. It is just entertainment.”
BE HOLY because I AM is Holy.
If it wouldn’t glorify God when hanging out with us on our porch sippin’ tea, then maybe we ought to look at it and just rethink it.