As a child and young man growing up in church, I often heard people use the word “burden” quite often. Pastors would say they had a burden for their church. Friends would speak of “carrying a burden” for a family member. I don’t hear people use the term much anymore but I am very familiar with the term and the experience. I would define “burden” as a deep concern planted by the Holy Spirit to motivate us to prayer and action.
I hate picking out colors of paint because there are just too many options. Some foreign restaurants I have eaten in, only give you a choice of available meat and you have no option with the side dishes; you get what they usually serve. When it comes to the side dishes, you either eat it or leave it. Of course, I usually eat it!
When it comes to being a true disciple of Jesus Christ, why do some folks think they have options?
In the world of social media and in the nature of man, there is a desire by many to be recognized and perhaps even be famous. Many want to become the next YouTube hit or to have five thousand “likes” on Facebook. Perhaps we should be more concerned about being known in Heaven.
We should not seek fame but seek to be more like Jesus and to be obedient to the purpose He has planned for us. If we are faithful to His purpose then we will be among the known of Heaven even if we live in obscurity on earth. For sure, God can use fame for a platform if it is used with integrity.
One of the most important aspects of our lives is to be the fulfillment of Christ’s purpose for us. If He receives glory from the road we travel and the life we live then we are a hit in Heaven. Whether, I am applauded or ridiculed on earth is not important but if my life gives God glory then it is fulfilled. Seeking the fame on earth is the fleeting fancy of a fool but to be known in Heaven as a servant of God is man’s highest reward.
Engaged in the temporal work of earth outside the will of God is total failure but to be found in God’s perfect will, however large or small in men’s eyes, is to walk in the greatest fulfillment of God’s desire. Obscurity on earth may yield one of Heaven’s greatest illumination.
My prayer: Lord, let me walk on earth in obscurity if you so choose. I had rather shine in Heaven than be a star on earth. Allow my feet to walk in the dark corners of the earth so I may lead others to the glory of Your Son. If the next generation forgets me that will be fine just as long as they know You. Send me to the last, the least, and the lost so they will be the first, the greatest, and the known in Heaven.
We exist for God’s purpose not our own. Sure, we existed in the mind of God before He said, “Let there be light.” What a crazy thought but true. Yet, God does not exist so we can live happy, contented, and fulfilled lives. We exist for His pleasure and the fulfillment of His plan in and through us.
When we surrender our lives to His purpose and delight; we are then filled with joy and fulfillment. Our joy comes from being in His purpose. Our joy is generated from the joy that flows from His heart. It is as if our arteries are connected to His heart and the joyful fulfillment we experience is a result of being connected to the God of all creation.
Our circumstances do not determine our joy but being in a powerful life-flowing relationship with Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit gives us joy that is beyond any description. It all starts by surrendering to Him and to His purpose for your life.
My prayer: Lord, let your desires be fulfilled in my life by the power of the Holy Spirit.