“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
The true joy of life is not found in our possessions, associations or status; joy is found in the pursuit and fulfillment of the will of God for our lives. Paul states that even though trials and life threatening tribulations are ahead of him, as long as he is pursuing his life’s purpose – they don’t move him. In other words, they don’t cause him to shift his way of thinking or behaving contrary to his calling.
What moves you? Today many of us are easily moved by the threat of loss or the pain of unfavorable circumstances instead of the conviction of purpose. I recently talked with a widower whose only son has gone wayward. His poor academia, peer association, and use of illicit drugs has moved her to make some drastic decisions in her life. She recently relocated, sought out a new profession and gained new friends. None of these things are wrong unless they are done in the pursuit of happiness instead of the pursuit of purpose.
Evaluate your past behavior and future plans. Identify the motive behind and determine if they are purpose driven or infectious reactions to life. Make a journal entry and write down the drastic moves you have made in your life and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you why you made them. If you do this, you will discover what moves you, and you will be on your way to living a purpose driven life.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.