People like you who want to make the most of their life are interested in being productive. That desire comes from God; it is hardwired into you by the Creator. “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule…” (Genesis 1:27-28).
The first words God spoke to humans were words of blessing, and those words from God, carrying His power, enable us to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it, and rule it under His guidance. Those, my friend, are productivity words.
God wants you to accomplish the purposes He designed for you. He wants you to know the joy He Himself experiences in dreaming, designing, and doing. He made you to succeed in fulfilling your unique purposes.
Purpose Shows You Where to Focus
All influencers (yes that includes you) are to some degree dreaming visionaries. All of us do better when we have a clear vision of what could be in front of us. Vision is so important that God even says without it people perish or just wander in life (Proverbs 29:18).
I have read and heard enough material from non-Christian leaders who encourage us to create our own vision and simply follow our heart. But how sad would it be to invest your whole life in pursuing a dream and find out that it was all a big waste? 1 John 2:17 tells us the only things that will last in eternity are those things done according to the will and purposes of God.
It is very possible to create something that is amazing according to our world’s standards and totally miss what God put you here to do. But for a Christian, the biggest step in living your purposes has already happened. You are united with Christ, who is eternal life. You have a relationship with God and His life— His eternal, abundant life—is in you. That enables you to know and fulfill the other purposes He has planned.
When you make God’s purposes your purposes, God will guide you. When you delight in him, He will put desires in your heart (Psalm 37:4). So even your desires become a strong indicator of what He wants you to do.
When you commit your way to Him and trust Him, He promises to direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6). As one who has received the Holy Spirit, Jesus guides and talks to you (John 16:12-15). How awesome is it that God not only has plans for you, but He will also show you what He wants you to do along the way!
You don’t have to live your life working hard at the wrong things. Learning God’s foundational purposes, practicing thinking on purpose, and taking action on what God shows you will ensure you are working on the right things. This is essential for godly productivity and fruitfulness.
*This is taken from The Purpose Principles: Experience Greater Peace, Clarity, and Confidence through God’s Purposes for Your Life. (available July 7, 2019 https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Furlong/e/B00D1VVZT0?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000