I ran across the following quote from Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback, this week:
'It's human nature to get distracted by minor issues....Without a clear purpose, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, or other externals - hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart. You think, maybe this time it will be different, but it doesn't solve your real problem - a lack of focus and purpose. The Bible says, 'Don't live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants (Ephesians 5:17 MSG).'
When I get pulled into the rat race of life and get ruled by the tyranny of the urgent rather than live for what's important, I have that feeling of walking around carelessly and unthinkingly. When I finally pause for more than 10 seconds I start to feel a wave of emptiness and restlessness come over me and I panic. As Rick alludes to, I immediately start to think that if I just simply change my diet, or start exercising, or get a new hobby or drop a new hobby, then I will remedy that restless feeling. While some of these things could definitely help, they don't get to the real issue....my failure to walk daily and moment by moment with a confidence and clarity regarding God' purpose for my life.
One of the great gifts Pastor Rick Warren has brought to the church over the last 20 years is a heightened awareness of our purpose as Christians. I thought it might be good to let these sink in again in our hearts today so that we know what we're to be about...
We're to be about worship.....loving God and honoring Him in our life above all else
We're to be about fellowship....doing life with other believers and learning how to love like Jesus does
We're to be about ministry....using our gifts, abilites and experiences to make a difference for God
We're to be about discipleship....growing daily through reading God's Word and living it out
We're to be about evangelism....praying for those who don't know God and loving them towards Christ.
Let's walk purposefully today!