Purpose vs. Provision
"For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God." -Colossians 3:3 In life, there is a great temptation to go for the next big thing: The next big business, the next big degree, the next big job opportunity. But in the kingdom, things are different. God works quite differently than we do; His ways are higher than our ways. (Isaiah 55:9) Sometimes the thing that looks the best may not be the best for us - the best that God has in mind. Sometimes we can get stuck seeking provision first, instead of seeking our Provider. Sometimes we can get stuck seeking out approval or affirmation from people, instead of going to God first and experiencing His love. Other times we'll see our value in our accomplishments, instead of seeing that God created us with value, before we ever did anything to deserve it. Our value is built upon His love for us. We can so easily sell out and miss our purpose by seeking other things before God's will in our lives. What is He doing? What is He saying? Jesus said He only did what He saw the Father doing - nothing more, nothing less. (John 5:19) Are we seeking God's kingdom first? (Matthew 6:33) Are we putting His purposes first before seeking out provision? God will make sure our needs are met when we put His kingdom first. God has all the answers we need for our business, our ministry, our relationships, our finances, and our personal lives. Today, avoid "selling out" in your calling by putting Him first. We will experience so much peace and life by keeping Him at the center of our lives, fulfilling the purpose He gave us to do.