As I was reading John 15 (Jesus is talking about being the true vine and our need to dwell in Him), without much thinking, I underlined vs 8 "By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit." ; and I wrote above it "My purpose - that my Father is glorified.
A little further in my reading I underlined vs. 16-17 "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide....so that you will love one another." Above this I wrote "My mission - bear fruit so that I may love others."
I then asked a question that kind of scared me...
"How do I glorify God?" The scary part for me was the underlying thought - "If my purpose is to glorify God, how do I do that? What if I can't; what if I fail?'"
I really was afraid to ask this question!!!
However, I did and when I did, I couldn't believe how quickly He answered me...
"These beautiful nighttime clouds do not work to bring glory to ME, they just do what I created them to do....and I am glorified in them."
The stunning colors of an ocean sunset doesn't work to bring glory to ME, it just does what I created it to do...and I am glorified."
These children do not work to glorify me, they are made in MY image, enjoying MY creation and I am glorified."
May be this is simple, but to me it was such a beautiful word from the Lord...I will glorify Him by being who He created me to be...and it really is that simple. With my gifts, talents, weaknesses, opportunities, and passions I can walk out this purpose-that He be glorified!
Now, the second part, my mission, becomes pretty easy...to bear fruit that I may love others. I can't bear fruit on my own, which is why the LORD speaks of abiding in HIM. I am made in His image, to bring glory to Him and have been enabled by Him to walk out my mission...to bear fruit.
What a perfect time to be studying Elohim...the Glorious Creator of all!