know your why

by Pastor Mark Jordan

Perhaps you were born for such a time as this. (Esther 4:14)

This week we are looking at developing a Godly perspective. Yesterday we considered the fact that our ways are not God’s ways, and how troubling this can be. The next step in our week-long journey is to “know your why.”

That idea comes to me from a famous TED Talk delivered by Simon Sinek (click here to watch the video), based on his book, Start with Why. The idea behind this is why you do something can be more important than merely what you do. Starting with why means your motivations inform your actions. This concept isn’t just a good business principle, because it can help you be about God’s business!

Jesus was always about His Father’s business. He came to show us the heart of God and remove the penalty of sin by conquering death through His sacrifice on the cross. Jesus taught about loving God and others with all we have and are, and said the world will know we are His by how we love others. After the resurrection, and just before His ascension, Jesus told the disciples to go out into the world and teach others what they had learned. This teaching is still relevant for you and me today as we commit to do everything we do for the Lord.

God wants to take your life — redeem you and restore you — and set you on a new path of serving Him in all you do. This reminds me of the beautiful passage from Esther 4:14 about how you are here for such a time as this. Esther was a Hebrew who became the queen of Persia, and God used her to save His people. Though your circumstances are undoubtedly different from Esther’s, the truth behind it is still pertinent. God has placed you here for such a time as this.

How might this apply to your life today? How might God redeem and restore your life so you can be about His business to show people the heart of God and share with them the love of Jesus? This becomes your why. Allow it to inform and transform everything you do.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23, NIV).

Prayer: Dear Lord, I know I am here for such a time as this. Show me how you want to redeem me and restore me so I can always be about your business. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.