Purpose, Passion, & Protection!

These are three areas of my life that God has really been teaching me in lately. Through personal, and family struggles, I have learned some lessons the hard way, and God has been showing me just a little bit more of my need for Him. I'd love to hear how these thoughts inspire and encourage your walk with our blessed Savior! 

Purpose - The pursuit of God, the passion for His holiness, and the protection from His love. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Death, just the thought makes one pause and reflect life. What does it mean to be dead in Christ? What purposes, and passions should we forget for the sake of Christ? Am I really dead in Christ? Do I really live for Christ? Is He really my life purpose?

I've often caught myself focusing on temporal pleasures, thinking about my life goals, my desires, and my dreams. I wonder if I'm doing enough to be remembered when I die. I wonder if other people like me, and why they do. I get easily overwhelmed with what I think I should be doing to reach my goals. Life becomes a mess, I blow up at everyone, I never seem to get enough done, and I'm always overwhelmed. In these times I have found myself wholly given over to sin, unsatisfied with everything, and I have often despised God's protection. 

Living for Jesus, giving Him everything, trusting Him without doubting, rejoicing in all circumstances, who wouldn't give anything to be more like Christ? "Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God, how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past findings out. For who hath known the mind of The Lord or who hath been His counsellor?" Romans 11:33-34   If God is greater than the heavens and He takes no pleasure in the ways of man; then why do we try so hard to please Him? Why do we find ourselves pursuing our own purpose, and only relying on God for the things we can't do? 

What would it look like to completely surrender to Christ? Would anything change in my life? Would my actions change? Would my thoughts change? I am determined to find out. I am determined to put the pursuit of Christ first in my affections, and desires. I purpose to live for Christ, in word, thought, and action, and to completely surrender everything to His control, so that in whatever I do, it is no more I that do it but Christ who dwells in me. 

Passion- Am I passionate in my love for Christ? Do I treat Him like I would treat my closest friend? If God decided to have a time of separation from me, would I be as passionate about Him, and desirous of His company, as I would be if an earthly friend did the same? How do we evaluate our passion for Christ? Does my passion for Christ show my love for Him, or a sense of being forced to love Him? 

As I ponder these questions, I wonder what passion for Christ really means. I grab my dictionary, and discover that passion is: Zeal, ardor, love, eager desire, a feeling of the mind, suffering, the impression or effect of an external agent upon the body, a longing, or excitement. So now, am I truly passionate about Christ? My heart wants to say yes, but my conscience tells me I have some work to do. 

I wish I had the passion for Christ to pursue Him without desire for personal gain. I'm overwhelmed by thoughts of who Christ is, and what He has done for us. How could we ever live our lives without acknowledging the Creator of everything? A passion for Christ should set our souls on fire, to put Him first in our thoughts, actions, words, desires, and dreams. A thirst for more of God should permeate our beings to the point that we couldn't bear to exist without striving to know Him just a little more. 
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matt5:6

Protection- why does God put people in our lives to protect us from harm? Why do we have parents?Recently, the whole concept of parental authority has been challenged to such a extent  that I have been forced to evaluate my relationship with my parents, and see where I'm falling short of God's commands."Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." Ephesians 6:1-3

I believe that Children are to Honour and obey their parents, and to put their wishes first over our own desires. And I don't think that this depends on the age of the Children. As in Genesis, when Jacob obeyed his father and mother, at 40 years of age. (Genesis 27)  The only age groups I see in the Bible are children and parents, and children become parents when they marry. ( Gen 2:24, Mark 10:7, Eph 5:31) This is no to say that parents are to take the place of God, but that they are to be our protection. I for one am very grateful to my parents for their love, protection, and care for me. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them.They have sacrificed so many years of their lives to nurture, and and teach me in the ways of God. 

I have realized recently how important it is for me to obey my parents, and to honour them as my authorities, and God- given protectors. I believe God wants me to treat them with respect, and honour, and to listen to their counsel, and learn from their wisdom. I have failed miserably in this, as I have recently been noticing how many times I despise what they desire, and don't truly honour them as my protectors. 

I think we all need to start afresh, and re-evaluate how we treat our parents. Just like in 1 John where it says that we show that we love God by loving our brothers. In the same way, I have realized how I have shown my lack of love for God by my lack of love for my parents. I haven't really given them my heart, I haven't treated them like I would want to be treated, and most importantly, I haven't treated them like God would have me to treat them. I am resolved to refocus my time, and energy upon the person of Christ, and
allow Him to completely take control of my purpose, passion, and protection. His is a all powerful Savior and there is nothing too hard for Him.

 Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on purpose, passion, and protection,
and if these thoughts were somehow encouraging to you, let me know in a comment below.I realize I'm no expert on these issues, and I urge you to seek God, and His 
word on your own on the topics of purpose, passion, and protection. 
Maybe you'll find something you've never noticed before, and if you do, 
I'd love to hear about it too. 



" For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." Isaiah 30:15, 18-21






6 comments:

  1. Elanee, thank you for opening up your heart here. I, too, find myself in patterns of disrespect or ungratefulness towards my parents. If I allow those attitudes a home in my heart, they will soon overrun it! Keep the faith, dear sister!

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement Lauren!

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  2. Great thoughts, Elanee!!
    We are not (and will never be this side of heaven) perfect, but your heart and passion to always be learning and improving and growing and seeking God's wisdom on these matters really encourages and inspires me!! :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's so comforting to know that God is in control, and when we fail we just need to trust Him more.

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  3. I wanted to tell you how much of an encouragement your post today was. Thank you for being so transparent and honest, and for speaking up about what the Lord is teaching you! I can certainly relate to a lot of what you wrote about, but seeing it articulated in writing was very helpful. Thank you again for blessing others through your writing!

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    1. Praise The Lord. I'm glad He blessed you through this post!

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