There are many things that speaks to the soul. Sometimes it’s a total waste of time especially when we try to decipher between which ways to go and which ways not to go. There’s no ambiguity in searching and finding purpose. Purpose is just what it is – knows not age, knows not time and knows not adversity.
The first time I listened to Myles Munroe’s die empty something quickened inside of me. I was young, naïve and yet I felt so much life inside of me. I had always been reluctant to accept the writer of Ecclesiastes’ assertion that life is meaningless. Honestly it’s difficult to dismiss the fact that oppression makes life seem meaningless. I think subservience makes life seem meaningless. Rape makes life seem meaningless. It’s quite conflicting to choose to live purposefully and still have a grip of life’s roller coaster ride.
I mean this is just me trying to recite Jeremiah 29:11 and still have a hold of what Ecclesiastes asserts.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
The writer of Ecclesiastes in the third chapter says blatantly that there’s a time for everything. So for me it’s been more than a conflict. Ecclesiastes and Jeremiah are probably saying the exact same thing. One uses the human perspective to explain life as a meaningless end. Truly, eternity is long and it’s more important than life on earth so says the writer. If we can trust in God and not be moved by the beauty of material things or the systems and strategies inculcated in our society, we’d know that there are weightier matters-eternity is paramount.
To everything there’s a season, a time for every purpose under the heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die. A time to die and a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted.
Ecclesiastes 3: 11-12
I know nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives.
And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor- it is the gift of God.
Apparently, this same writer believes in timing and work.
Many say they are living purposefully. I’ve heard churches including mine advocate and teach on purpose but I still seem more perplexed than ever before. When curiosity left me searching, I became way more confused than I had already been.
When one Preacher said, “ It is what you do with what you have that leads you to where God wants you to be. So I asked myself what I know many would ask too, what do I have?
Two other Preachers of depth also said these;
Rick Warren, writer of the profound best seller, Purpose Driven Life said, “ The search for purpose has puzzled people for thousands of years. That’s because we typically begin at the wrong starting point-ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like what do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for the future? But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose. Trusting God completely means having faith that he knows what is best for your life. You expect Him to solve your problems, and to do the impossible when necessary.
Joyce Meyer, one of my personal favorites said, “Everyone has something and it’s our job to find what it is. It doesn’t matter if what you have seems big or little to the world. God only holds us accountable for what we do with what he’s given us. You don’t have to compare or compete with anyone. Do the most you can with gifts and talents he’s given you. You have everything you need to fulfill your purpose!”.
These are very simple words spelt out blatantly for anyone to understand. In the beginning, God created work (work in Greek means Purpose). He directed the man ( male and female) to work. It was God’s first introduction of the living to work when he said in Genesis 1:28,” Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over everything that moves on earth.”
He put them in control of all things. He gave them power and dominion over all the things He had created. He placed them in their hands. The beauty of creation doesn’t end after the man and woman is created but when after sin, God still pursues his people in order to lead them back into the fruitfulness, dominion and power he had placed in their hands.
God has given us something and until we look up to God for it, we’ll keep searching in all the wrong places. When we are unaware of what we have, we abuse it.
o What do you have in your hand?
o Have you identified what you have?
o What are you doing with what you have?
The Porter is the only one responsible for giving to us what is due us. If you don’t know what you have, ask the Porter. He’s a supreme being who was able to distinguish us and mark us with the blood of the lamb that was slain.
Nothing resonates with this context more than the parable of the talent. (Mathew 25) So a King, before he leaves his three servants , makes them stewards through gifts or talents he gives them. To the first, he gave five talents. To the second, he gave, two talents and to the third, he gave one talent.
God placed something so beautiful into their hands to work with. He wanted them to use it, protect it and through his help have divine multiplicity. Two of the servants, walked with a limp through the process and thus attained some sort of fulfilment. The third servant, buried his talent.
He was definitely unaware of what he had. He wasn’t enthused about the little he had. He violated it and eventually it was taken away from him. In fact, having a wrong picture of God affects how we worship him and how we view ourselves. This affected the third servants work. He saw God in a way that totally rendered “jobless” or ineffective in whatever he had been called to do. Nobody was born to remain stagnant. There’s always a dose of God’s undeniable gift within that causes us to multiply. If you want to know who you are and whose you are, ask God. Ask the Porter. He will answer you only if you ask.
The bible admonishes that we work for the Lord and not man. When we align our gifts and talents with the vision of the Lord, we do not stumble even in pain, when we are hurt, in adversity and are confronted with an unforeseen circumstance.
One of the most important questions you’d have to answer is this – what is in your hand?
Whatever it is…use it for the glory of God.