Our purpose comes directly from our God before the “in-time” component of our eternity began and specifically addresses a need that is found in time. Our purpose is not formed by the temporary situations, circumstances or relationships that we encounter in our in-time experience. Our purpose began long before our situations, our circumstances and our temporary, in-time relationships existed and long before they had impact on our lives.
It is not difficult to distinguish between what is temporary in our lives and what is eternal. Our temporary is what we only experience when our spirit is in our body and on the planet earth. Eternal describes what our spirit experienced before entering our body in time and on the earth, and what our spirit will experience when our spirit departs time and our body and is no longer confined to the earth.
Employment is the method – job, vocation, profession, etc. that we engage in to earn money for our chosen lifestyle for our provision in time and employment is often very temporary.
Deployment is when we have been prepared and sent – dispatched and/or deployed, by a higher authority whom we serve under their authority, to a particular location for an assigned mission that produces a specific, desired outcome. Deployment addresses outcome.
While employment is temporary, what we become, our outcome is eternal. Employment produces income (currency) that is temporary, and deployment produces outcomes (results) that are eternal.
Religion – the parameters, guidelines and restrictions for conduct and behavior that are defined by a discipline of belief is temporary. There was no religion in the Garden and there will be no religion in Heaven.
Relationship is eternal. Relationship describes the way people/spirits are connected or the state of beings being connected.
The Kingdom perspective is always eternal, and that vantage point is different than the temporary vision we receive from the vantage point of time, and the results and the outcomes are exponentially better.
Perhaps our challenge is that we expect a thundering voice from Heaven like Moses was portrayed as receiving in the movie The Ten Commandments. Or maybe like Saul we expect to be struck down and blinded until you are led to someone who will pray for our healing and declare our purpose from our Creator and Designer God to us. These are accurate accounts of our Creator and our God speaking directly to humanity, but they are not the only way our Creator fellowships and communicates with humanity. There are a majority of accounts of the day to day, everyday communion and fellowship of our Creator with humanity where these things do not happen. Instead, there is a voice that speaks directly to humanity, spirit to Spirit and the message is just as clear. There is never a situation, a circumstance or a relationship where that voice does not speak to our spirit directly giving us guidance. You may believe that God does not speak directly to you. Let me assure you, God continually speaks to everyone including you. How many times have you made up your mind and decided that you would do something in a certain way and a voice inside of you tells you, “no, do not do that”? I believe equally as frequently we have decided not to do something and our inner man, our spirit man hears and understands differently and again we are told to do differently than what we have decided.
When we hear these directional voices in our inner beings, our spirit and our mind, we must take them to the courtroom of our mind where we must decide as the judge and the jury if the message that we have heard is correct, or if we must declare it incorrect and follow another path. We must have prepared/programmed the databank of our mind with the truth of our God’s Word and that must be our standard for deciding. We must take our choices to our mind, our Gatekeeper and evaluate our response. This experience is repeated continually, daily, hourly and every minute of every day by everyone.
It is important that we cultivate and that we develop this process.
When we hear, we immediately judge what we are hearing by the scriptures, the living, breathing, eternal Word of our God. We are told in our Constitution that the Word exposes the difference between the spirit and the mind, the eternal and the temporary. We are told to program or to reprogram our minds to agree with our God’s Word. The Word of our God, our Constitution is steadfast, it is sure, it is eternal and we can and we must trust the guidance and the direction it provides. The values, the principles and the precedents established in its Words are described as being active and alive and it is to be alive in our lives providing constant direction for our lives.
Our Creator declares that we hear, and that we recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd. We hear and we know the voice of our Father, and the voice of a stranger we will not follow. When we hear, we take what we hear to our mind and there we determine if it is agreeable and in line with His Word and we decide based upon that supporting information from scripture, our Constitution, if we can and if we will embrace the message for the direction for our lives. Our perspective must always be from our eternity and our eternalness, and that position will always align with the living Word of our God. The Word is eternal, and we conduct and live our lives in the present, the here and now, by the eternal direction that it provides.