Lately, in this season of life, I’ve been struggling with the idea of purpose. Asking myself questions like, “What’s my purpose?” “Am I just a mom?” “Is that good enough?” “Should I do something else with my life?” “What am I passionate about?” “Am I even good enough for those things?”..and so on. Last night and this morning, through listening to a Bethel.tv sermon, and an email I received from my Daddy, I felt the Lord speak to me very clearly.
‘It’s not what you can do. It’s what I can do through you.’
I think in today’s society and generation we are all so pressured to be the BEST or the MOST TALENTED. And we tend to find our identity or satisfaction through other people’s approval or appreciation of our talents. That’s fine and dandy if you want to live your life always grasping for more and failing because people’s expectations are ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong. It’s good and healthy to be thankful for recognition, and I’m not saying sit in the background and let people walk all over you. But maybe we should focus less on what PEOPLE think of us, and more on how GOD sees us. He isn’t impressed with what you can and can’t do. He is the one who gave you your gifts. He created you. The fact that you may be the best singer in the world, or the worst singer in the world gives nothing to how He feels about you. He loves you unconditionally, irrevocably, eternally, purely, and absolutely at all times.
God isn’t looking for the most talented person to change the world. He’s looking for the one who knows they are inadequate but sees themselves through the eyes of Jesus, and says, “Okay God, I’m ready, where are we going?” Look at the most famous people in the Bible. Who were they?
Adam & Eve: Broke the ONE rule God gave them…birthed the entire world
Noah: A drunk…saved every animal on the earth & was called to birth a new generation
Moses: A murderer…saved the Jews from the Egyptians after a least 300 years of captivity
Esther: Jew, literally an ordinary woman…Became Queen & saved her people from being killed by her Persian husband, the King
David: An adulterer…Killed Goliath with a single stone and a sling, as well as became one of the most famous kings in the Bible
The Virgin Mary: Ordinary…Gave birth to Jesus Christ, our Saviour
Peter: Denied that he knew Jesus three times…performed miracles and brought many people to ask Jesus into their hearts
Paul: Murderer of Jews…baptized and brought many people to Jesus, as well as became martyr for the Lord
None of them were the most talented or gifted. All of them were flawed and the only way they could do any of the things they did was because God said, “It’s not what you can do, but what I can do through you.” God brought those men and women up, forgave their sins, gave them grace, told them He loved them, and called them to greater things.
There will always be a more talented person. So, yes, strive to be the best YOU that you can be. Do your best in all things. But find your identity in God and what He thinks of you, rather than the person who thinks they have a right to judge. And always remember that God can bring you up to save the abused children of this world, or shelter the homeless, or excel your career, or anything else you’re longing for. (Philippians 4:13) Ask and you shall receive. Knock and the door will be opened for you. (Matthew 7:7)
So what’s my purpose? Being a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and whatever else God calls me to be. Most importantly, being a daughter of the King, our Father, and our Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
1 Corinithians 2:5: “so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”
1 Timothy 1:12: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.”
Just because I think they are funny but also mostly true. LOL