Why Do You Do What You Do?

Posted: March 7, 2016 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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You’re gifted. You’re talented. You’re passionate, but did you ever stop to wonder why? Why do you have the talents and the abilities you have? What is their purpose? What is YOUR purpose? Well I’m glad you asked. The first part of the answer is simple. You have what you have and you do what you do and you’re passionate about what you’re passionate about largely because of how God wired you. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “…we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Simply translated God created you to do and to be something as part of His plan for the universe. It’s who you are and why you’re here. This is great news. That whole huge meaning of life conundrum can be largely summed up in that single verse.

This can take tremendous pressure off your life. What should you do with your life? Follow the Lord into the things that He has placed in your life. The gifts, talents, abilities and passions (at least the best of them) were given to you by God to lead you into His purpose for your life. This is so contrary to the feelings so many people have that the things we do for God must be drudgery. Actually His joy is your strength, so why would He call us to misery? By and large, He doesn’t. Now that’s not to say it will always be easy and that you will never have a hard time in His service, but the best of the things you like and enjoy, not those that are born out of your sin nature, but those good, pure, lovely, etc. things are there because He put them their so that you might glorify Him. Remember the words of Irenaeus, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” You are gifted by God and those gifts are truly gifts, blessings from the One who loves you most.

So let’s go further. “Why do you do what you do?” could also speak to motivation and the motivations of our hearts are a huge question every creative needs to ask on a fairly regular basis. While God wants us to live in joy, He does not want us chasing the pleasures of this world, but rather to live in daily pursuit of Him and allowing Him to bless out of His righteousness. This is a huge distinction. To be truly happy, to be living in the joy of the Lord is to serve at His pleasure, not to pursue things that will become stumbling blocks. True joy is found in Christ, things outside His will might bring a temporary “blessing” but they will leave us in a bad place. Better to live for Christ and trust Him to bless than to take blessing upon ourselves. We can’t out-bless God. Better to pursue Him, and follow Him to true expansive joy that lasts beyond this world.

His purpose is the very best thing you can pursue.

Wht do you do what you do?

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