In my previous blog, Unforced Rhythms: Why Am I Here? Part Four, I ended by discussing what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 in The Message version:
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
Jesus taught the very same thing when He said to us;
33 But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after, be ravenously hungry for) His Kingdom, His System, His Plan, His method and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right – the attitude and character of God) and all these things will be given to you also.Matthew 6:33 Amplified Bible (AMP) Paraphrased
We have become accustomed to formulas. A three, four or even a ten step process that will spell out and solidify forever what it is that we are searching for and what we want to accomplish. Sometimes it appears that our “Sinner’s Prayer” can be a religious recitation without real effect and real change in our spirits. Without the brokenness and spirit-led repentance are we taking all of the work, all of the labor, out of the process and removing the unavoidable requirement for an abiding relationship through continual fellowship? Are we removing the relationship component? Just follow the process, the formula. Sounds a lot like religion doesn’t it? That is not who our God is, and that is not how His plan works. His plan works completely through relationship and is not religious at all. We are called to be in a continual, living, breathing, flowing relationship of constant fellowship with our Creator and our Designer. That is His Plan. The unforced rhythms of GRACE.
Our purpose, the why we are here, is to be in a living relationship with our Creator through continual fellowship. It is through our relationship with Him that we know and that we are motivated and directed to the mountain/stream/river/area of service that we are designed to occupy for His Kingdom to come to the Earth. Every person has a specific area of service where we are designed before our birth with the abilities, the gifts, the talents and we are given the anointing to have impact and to influence that arena for our God and for His Kingdom.
This is not something that we have to belabor or even strive to know. When our priority, our “first pursuit” is to be in a vibrant, living, flowing relationship with Him, and when our desire is to understand how He does life, and to know what His plan is for our life, that knowledge and that understanding will flow naturally (freely and lightly) out of our relationship with Him. We have taught this understanding in more that sixty (60) countries. The results are life-changing and exciting. You can see on a person’s face when the light comes on in a person’s spirit and in their mind, and the knowledge, the wisdom and the understanding become clear to them. They have been miss-purposed all of their lives. Their chosen field of labor was not fulfilling. They felt incomplete. They knew they were supposed to be doing something different. Interestingly, they always declare that they knew it all along. They just did not understand that it was acceptable and okay for them to speak it out and to change/pursue another purpose for their life. It is a normal response for more than half of those attending, no matter the size of the group, tens to thousands, to come forward for prayer for the strength and courage to leave what they are doing and to follow the plan they recognize and believe that our God has designed and prepared them to perform for themselves and for humanity. To know that there is a plan, to recognize that plan and to follow/pursue that plan with all that you are is one of the most liberating and positive expressions of freedom that humanity will ever experience in-time.
The spheres of service in our culture, in our society are – Government, Economy (Business), Media, Family, Education, Arts and Entertainment, and Religion. We are tailor-made to have influence and to impact at least one of these areas and their subsidiaries.
Where does you spirit long to serve? What are you prompted by the Holy Spirit God in your most private times to pursue in the living of your life? What do you do that brings fulfillment, peace and enjoyment to your life experience? What makes your spirit and your face smile? That is it. That is the purpose that you are designed to achieve.