What is your purpose? How can I fulfill God’s purpose if I can’t even, get out of bed because my body hurts so horribly? I have chronic pain, God doesn’t have a purpose for me.
The stories and analogies my dear pastor tells, I just adore. This past week’s sermon struck me with with so much enthusiasm that I had to share. In my pastors words, “Do you have a junk drawer at home? A junk closet, or even a junk room? A room where you may buy things and when they no longer have a use, you just put them aside until you give them away or throw them away. Do you honestly think that when we decide to become a member of God’s Kingdom, that he later on just puts us aside, puts us in his junk drawer? The creator of the Universe? Do you honestly think he doesn’t have a bigger purpose for you? ” ( paraphrased from my pastor’s sermon)
In Christ’s Words in Mark 4:21 a parable Jesus told his followers about a lamp , (from the Message), “Does anyone bring a lamp home and puts it under a washtub or beneath the bed? Don’ t you put it up on a table or the mantel.” This is the same analogy as the junk drawer. Jesus Christ has or wants to have you as a member of his Kingdom regardless of how much pain you feel. He wants to put you up on his “mantel” and let you shine.
So back to the the question, What is God’s purpose for me if I have so much pain? First of all, all of us as members of God’s Kingdom have been called to tell others about Jesus Christ. This is our main purpose. We can all fulfill this purpose as believers. God also has other purposes for you to complete. Some examples of leaders in the ministry of chronic illness: Joni and friends and creator of Hopekeepers and Rest Ministries, Lisa Copen. They are amazing examples of persons living with chronic illness and fulfilling God’s purpose for their lives. Others that suffer with pain choose to write their stories and allow ministries like ours and Rest Ministries to share these stories. Others meet with other chronic pain sufferers and share their testimonies and their love of our Father.
We all have a purpose. Take a look at Mark 4: 26-29. Then Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how it happens. The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain. When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time!” Another parable told by Jesus about seeds.
In this parable it teaches us about two of our purposes. We are to throw the seeds and then when God is through we are to reap the harvest. Did you get that. Our only duty is to throw the seeds, i.e. tell others about Christ. God will then do the rest. God does it all without your help. And then oh boy, we get to reap the harvest.
Allow him to work through you. Throw his seed and later reap a harvest. The picture today I share is my daughter standing in a field of mustard field blooming after seeds were planted by a farmer in California. What a beautiful reminder. God bless you today.