A few years back I went through a season of posting short blog posts that had a lot of punch to them. These posts were as much revelation to me as they were to others. So for the next week or so I thought I would post a few of these, I hope you find as much insight and truth in them as I have. If you have had similar revelation please feel free to post.
Pleasure as a purpose?
I exist for His purposes and to make Him happy, I think I have gotten that twisted and turned around in my life. Unfortunately to get it turned back around and into right order seems to take more of a miracle then healing the sick or casting out demons.
How ridiculous to think that ministering to others is going well when I am getting personal pleasure out of it,…and if I am not,…well, than it just can’t be God’s will can it.(Jonah thought this way)
Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad for your reward in Heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the Prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11,12
I realize that it is IMPOSSIBLE to live in Matthew 5:13-16 if you don’t live in 11 and 12,…absolutely IMPOSSIBLE.
How many however, including myself have said,..or thought, that persecution was a sign that I was doing something wrong, and that having all men speak well of me was a sign of spiritual maturity, that I had learned to say things in a way that people could ‘receive it’. What a lie!
I mean Jesus also said, ” Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.” Luke 6:26
I guess for today without getting lengthy I’ll just say that God does not exist for my pleasure and that my pleasure is not His purpose.
Because for one, God knows that eternal pleasure is already set up for me, so why would He want me to spend my life trying to obtain something that is already guaranteed?
Jesus was the Lord of Glory long before He came to Earth. He left all of that to come here for a life as a human so that He could become our sacrifice,….think about that,….how pleasurable would it be to live understanding that God’s ultimate purpose for your life was to be brutally torn to shreds as a sacrifice for the sins of other people when you hadn’t committed any sins of your own?
Yes I understand there was a resurrection,…but even Jesus was so horrified by His calling that at one point He asked God if there was any other way,….save me from this!
This makes me realize that if I am going to be a light in this World, my own pleasure is going to have to stop being my purpose. And the insane sickness of believing that God’s ultimate purpose for my life is my own personal pleasure,….well that is open sin and must die at the cross of Jesus.
As Jesus said, “if the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”
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