Obedience and Purpose

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My favorite devotional book is My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. You can read it online at this link. I take my time reading through and am amazed that no matter what is going on in my life there is always some word that God speaks to me through this book. My favorite ideas from the July 28th devotion:


What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.

It is the process not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.

If we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.

Below is the complete devotion. For me it was more food for thought on my purpose in life and helping my children achieve theirs.


God’s Purpose or Mine? 

Jul
28
2011
He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side . . . —Mark 6:45
We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.
What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see “Him walking on the sea” with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see “Him walking on the sea” (Mark 6:49). It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.
God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.
God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.

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Comments

  1. Great post. I was just in the process of writing a post, and your post spoke to me. I linked to it. I didn’t ask first. I hope you don’t mind.

  2. My favorite too, Marty! So inspired by the Holy Spirit. I can’t tell you the number of times it has spoken deep into my heart. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Marty, your posts always bless me. Thank you.

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