Luke 1:14-17 (NIV) He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, (15) for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. (16) Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. (17) And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous–to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
In the movie the Matrix Reloaded, there is a character known simply as the key-maker. He gives this long discourse on how only a certain person can enter a certain door located in a certain building and only at a certain time. Niobe, one of the other characters, asks him, “How do you know all this?” And the key-maker responds, “I know because I must know. It is my purpose. It is the reason I am here.”
In my message entitled “Believe in God even when He is silent”, we read about John the Baptist’s parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, and how they were childless until they were well advanced in years. And one of the key themes that I highlighted from this message, is that God’s ways are not our ways. His will is not our will. His understanding is not our understanding.
Today’s passage is a follow on from that message, and in it, it shows that there was indeed a great purpose for John’s life. He was to be a joy and a delight to his parents, be great in the sight of the Lord, be filled with the Holy Spirit from before his birth, draw many people back to God, and be the prophesied forerunner of the Christ, the Messiah, the Saviour, Jesus.
And it is only now, with the giving of this revelation, that Zechariah can look back upon his life and the seeming reproach of God and of men because of his wife’s barrenness, and see the purpose of God in waiting so long before answering his prayer. And wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if God sent an angel to us all to tell us what the purpose of our children’s lives were to be, what our purpose was to be.
But lose not heart dear friends. Not all of us are called to be a John the Baptist. Not all of us are called to be the forerunner of the Christ. But all of us do have a purpose to fulfil. The challenge is finding yours.
So how do you find your purpose? You start by praying. Ask God to show you what it is that you are supposed to do with your life, what your purpose is. And then you wait. You wait until God tells you. This will most likely not be an audible voice, but rather an inner sensing. Sometimes you will have a Holy Spirit empowered strong sense of conviction. Other times, it will be a still, small voice that you barely notice. And yet all of the time, it will not contradict His Word, the Bible. Then the third thing you do in finding your purpose, is you obey. Once you have prayed to God and waited for Him and heard from Him, you need to obey Him. You need to follow through on what He lays upon your heart. You need to do what He says you must do. You do not need to always understand how God it is going to work it out, but you do need to do it.
Everyone has a purpose. Whilst we may all want the glory and honour of a “high calling”, many more of us are called to do what people might label as simple things: to be a mom or a dad, a Godly business owner or leader, or just a smiling face every day.
As with Zechariah and Elizabeth, we never know why things are the way that they are! And when God is seemingly silent in not answering our prayers, we fail to see God’s bigger picture of why things are the way that they are. But be assured of this: everyone has a purpose. Find yours.
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