Devotional / Monday, March 4th, 2019

Purpose vs. Position

Purpose and position both play a pivotal role in our lives. The one is a place where we are located or put, and the other is the reason why we are created. I like to believe that we are placed in certain positions in order to fulfil a purpose, God’s purpose. Most times we are not qualified for the position we are placed in, yet God makes a way for us to fulfil our purpose.
That is called the favour of the Lord. Let us take David for example, his father Jesse did not necessarily think that he was qualified for the position as king because well, David’s physical stature was not as one would expect a king’s to be, but in 1 Samuel 16:7 the Lord says to Samuel, “… For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
David was not “qualified” for his position as king, but he was qualified for the purpose which was to carry the lineage that birthed Jesus Christ, our Saviour.Sometimes we find ourselves in positions that are considered unfavourable but that does not mean that we have no purpose. Let us take Namaan’s little maidservant (2 Kings 5) for instance, she was in a position that most people back in the day frowned upon but she had a great purpose.
Her master Namaan suffered from leprosy and was unable to find a cure. Namaan’s little maidservant conveyed a message that would not only heal her master but that would change the belief system of his family for many generations to come, well at least that is what I would like to believe.
She told Namaan’s wife that the prophet (Elisha) in Samaria would be able to heal him of his leprosy, of which God indeed used Elisha to do so.
Namaan’s little maidservant’s purpose was to represent God and speak His word boldly without fear and change people’s lives while doing so.Our hunger for purpose should be greater than our hunger for position because position is temporary and purpose is eternal. The sprinkle of Jesus app posted something that really had me feeling some type of way, “somebody, somewhere is depending on you to do what God has called you to do”.
Now that right there is purpose, regardless of whether you are qualified for the position or if you are in the best or the worst position. What matters is that you do what you were created to do. I pray that each and everyone of us will live a purpose-filled life that honours God’s word and His purpose in our lives. May we step out in boldness and honour the purpose at hand even when we are not qualified for the positions He places us in, but most importantly when we find ourselves in positions that are unfavourable may we not allow fear and the opinions of others to keep us from doing what God created us to do, in Jesus name, Amen.

Article written by: Shivonne N. Jood
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