Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Purpose.
I have had the privilege of watching all three of our granddaughters until they started school. One thing has remained consistent with all three of them – toddlers often don’t want to be told what to do. They want to do what they want to do.
It’s probably the problem of every man and woman who has ever walked the face of the earth.
We fully understand the importance of obedience and listening, yet the struggle is real and deep in our hearts.
How many times have I fallen and done things my own way, on purpose, not wanting to be told what to do or needing to obey?
David in repenting of a grievous sin, prayed:
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.”
(Psalm 51:12, NLT)
Even a willing heart, one willing to obey God and others, comes from Him. It grows and develops as we intentionally spend time in God’s Word and in prayer. It doesn’t come without a struggle.
Yet Scripture brings this assurance:
“… continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,Â for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12-13, NIV)
May our hearts and minds surrender our purposes for His.
May we purpose to do His purposes alone.