Comprehend the Word: John 15:5 (HCSB)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me."
Contemplate the Word:
The first time I heard her speak, I could not help but want what she had. She overflowed with excitement about the power and freshness of Scripture. I thought to myself, I want that. When my otherwise quiet friend, talks about leading people in worship and uniting to sing over the spiritual battle, something in her spirit captivates me. As another talks about home and how we don’t have to simply hang on for heaven, but how at at home in the present, in the presence of God, I’m drawn in. When she speaks about how fear once held her captive, and anxious thoughts ruled her mind, but now how her heavenly Father pulls her close and commands her fear, something in me feels alive.
They all have something in common; they have a why — a passionate purpose.
I can hear Jesus’ words, “Apart from me you can do nothing,” and I intuitively know I cannot manufacture a why for myself. And I certainly can’t muster up passion.
But without my why I am simply fueled by need and want.
I’ll hustle to the gas station when my van needs gas (even more urgently when it reads 0 KM until empty), but I’ve never felt particularly enthusiastic about it. Most of us need no coaxing to chase what we want. While want feels more exciting, we also know that our own satisfaction has a short-life span. It is insatiable. I’ll find a way to get what I want, boredom will come calling, and I can be off chasing another empty well. Unless I find a different kind of fuel — my why.
I want more than to be driven by duty and desire. I want a passionate purpose, and I want one for you too.
But you and I cannot connect with our God-given purposes, apart from connecting with God.
In her book Restless, Jennie Allen writes,
“God’s Story + my threads + the need + the Holy Spirit = my purpose.”
And, the abridged version of the equation:
The story of God through Scripture + an understanding of myself and my resources + taking inventory of the need around me + the mystery of following the Holy Spirit’s leading + obediently living our purposes. (Perhaps — no promises.)”
So today, let’s connect with God. Let’s ask. Let’s get to know His story. Let’s get to know ours. And then, let’s look for the beautiful intersections of the two where He just might connect us with His passionate purpose for our lives — the unique way we know Him and make Him known in our circles of influence.
His Word promises that He can do far more abundantly than we ask or imagine. So, I figure it’s as good a time as any to begin asking and imagining, so He can begin to blow our minds!
He has your why — He has a passionate purpose for you and for me. So, let’s get to asking!
Converse with the Word:
Using today's Scripture and theHE // ME // WE blueprint, craft your own prayerfor a person you love who does not yet know Jesus! Simply talk to God aloud, write in your journal, or CLICK HERE for the BLUEPRINT PRAYER JOURNAL HERE and write it there. Then when God answers, thank Him and record it!
HE:FATHER GOD, YOUR NAME/KINGDOM/WILL...
Father God, your purposes are the only ones that stand from generation to generation. You are faithful, loving, redeeming, full of mercy and grace. You have chosen to use your people to make yourself known. You want me to know you and make you known to those who want to respond to a saving relationship with Jesus.
ME: GIVE/FORGIVE/DELIVER ME FROM...
Give me a clear sense of Your story. Give me a clear sense of where I've encountered you in my story. And then, Lord Jesus, give me a passionate purpose bigger than just meeting needs, and bigger than chasing my wants. Give me Your why. Forgive me for trying to carbon copy other people's purpose, or being complacent about my own. Deliver me from selfish ambition, from living this short life only for myself. I want to do your will.
WE: FILL ME WITH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT...
Holy Spirit, fill me so that I can have eyes that see, ears that hear and a mind that understands Your story and your gospel. Help me to see those around me the way you see them. Help me to see myself the way you see me. And Holy Spirit guide and direct me into connecting with my why — the passionate purpose you've planned for my life so that I may know you and make you known.