Last week we were in Lima, NY for the annual Elim Conference, the fellowship that City Life has joined. Mark Batterson was one of the keynote speakers there, amazing author, church planter, pastor, and champion of The Kingdom! On his opening night, he shared many profound insights, very Solomonesque! But one that was especially poignant was this. Even if you are doing exactly what God has called you to do... Even if you are walking squarely down the center of the road God has called you to journey... Even if you are pouring your life out for the purpose you were created to champion... God still may be resisting your efforts. Why? Because of James 4:6, that God will always oppose the proud. If in our Kingdom calling, our divine purpose, our project of existence...we are motivated by self-exaltation, we will be striving against God.
It is not enough to be given to the right purpose. We must be given to that purpose with a Psalm 72:18-19 heart...all for His glory!