We all desire to be everything we can be for God. This is a worthy ambition. Unfortunately, there are many roadblocks on the path to this goal. Perhaps one of the greatest areas of need in this regard is a lack of sense of purpose.
It’s possible to determine a course of action and work toward that goal until the objective is reached. Paul told the saints at Corinth in, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give” (II Corinthians 9:7). According to this verse, giving that pleases God involves a sense of purpose. If this is true in our giving, I believe it is true in other areas of our lives.
Dreams only become reality when we develop a sense of purpose that translates into action. Ecclesiastes 5:3 tells us “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business.” Our lives are filled with good intentions, but as the years pass we never attain many because of our lack of purpose. Jesus is coming soon, but even if He does tarry, three score and ten is not a very long time. We must make every day count.
Can we accept the challenge of II Corinthians 9:7 in the following areas of our lives?
“Every man as he purposeth in his heart, so let him . . .”
Pray and fast . What a noble desire. However, too often it ends there. Let us purpose to seek God as never before – and then do it.
Read the Word. We have had a goal in our church for several years of reading the Bible through each year. This is not all that is necessary in the area of Bible study but it is a good place to start. Many have never read the entire Bible one time. Purpose in your heart and then accomplish that goal.
Win a soul to God. This needs to be the desire of every child of God. For this to happen, we must take steps to see it accomplished. Give your personal testimony. Let people know what God has done in your life. Teach a home Bible study. Invite someone to the house of God. Pray with people at the altar.
These are just a few of the areas where purpose is needed. Let God talk to your heart about other areas. Your greatest enemy will be procrastination. It steals away our good intent.
My father-in-law, W. C. Gleason, used to quote a poem that packs a powerful punch.
Procrastination is my sin
It brings me nought but sorrow
I know that I should stop it
In fact, I will, Tomorrow!
We must declare war on procrastination! Let the things we have always intended become a reality. Things can be different if we purpose in our hearts to make them different! As a result, we will see many of our dreams for the kingdom of God fulfilled.
Linda Gleason, Ladies Ministries President.
(Information from: SISTERS Military Newsletter – October 2019 – UPCI Ladies Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org)