faith, family, Life

Purposes of God

You are here to serve the purposes of God. ~ Dr. Lois Evans

I was listening to the Dr. Tony Evans podcast today. His son, Jonathan, was preaching in this episode. He was preaching about his mama.

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About two months ago, I stumbled across Dr. Tony Evans’ preaching on the radio. It wasn’t the first time I had listened to him. Usually, I heard him on my radio station. Yes, I still listen to the radio. 🙂

I liked listening to his preaching so, naturally, as I am want to do, I Googled him when I got home. But, I then did something else beyond Googling.

I Spotify searched him.

Lo and behold, his podcast was on Spotify.

Winning!

Since then, I have listened to the podcast off and on over the past two months. More often than not, God points something out to me within the preaching. If I’m listening, that is.

Today was no different. Only this time, it wasn’t Dr. Evans preaching. It was his son, Jonathan.

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Jonathan told the story of his mama, Dr. Lois Evans. In a nutshell, she battled cancer as a warrior of God.

Cancer didn’t stop her from living her life for God. She didn’t let her family live in sadness upon diagnosis. She charged them with the mandate that God had imparted to her and she, in turn, passed on to them.

You are here to serve the purposes of God. 

A diagnosis can paralyze us. We believe the words of the diagnosis and begin to dwell there. We grow angry, hurt, mournful and despairing. If the diagnosis is for a loved one, we feel helpless and lose hope.

How, in the middle of a diagnosis like cancer or any other paralyzing word, do we serve the purposes of God?

I went on a search on Dr. Lois Evans’ own website. In this video, Dr. Evans puts it like this:

I call it my waiting room season. And, I’m still in the waiting room. But, I’m enjoying the Lord in the waiting room. – It’s my waiting room season and I’m waiting on God to do His work in my life and I’m grateful for what He is doing. ~ Dr. Lois Evans

When I heard “waiting room”, I pictured sitting in a doctor’s office or a hospital. People go to the doctor’s office for non-illness related appointments like physicals or check-ups. Routine visits that, generally, shouldn’t cause apprehension. 

More often than not, we sit in a waiting room at a doctor or hospital for a not-so-good reason. We or someone we are with are just not feeling right. Something is wrong

I’m sitting in the waiting room because something is wrong. 

Trying to meditate on what Dr. Evans said – even as I am typing this out – I recognize that something was wrong with her body. Cancer. But, she wasn’t just sitting there waiting around for her name to be called. 

She was waiting on God. 

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You are here to serve the purposes of God. 

What are the purposes of God? 

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.        

~ Matthew 28:19-20

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.

~ Luke 14:18

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

~ John 3:16

What are God’s purposes?

God has a purpose for each and every one of us. While they may each look different to a degree here on this earth, they are built upon one thing: Jesus Christ.

Love and serve. 

Love each other in good times and bad. Serve each other in good times and bad. Love someone who doesn’t feel loved. Serve someone who doesn’t have anything. Love the unlovely. Serve the ungodly. Love people as Jesus loved (and still loves) you. Serve people as Jesus served (and still serves) you.

He loved and served to the cross, where He died for our sins so that we might be restored to a permanent, loving relationship with God the Father. He loved and served God trusting His plans to the point of resurrection. 

Love and serve. 

Only God can show you what that looks like. Only God can show you how He wants you to walk it out.

You can’t get there on your good looks. You can’t get there on your charm. You can’t get there with your money. You can’t get there with your mansion. You can’t get there with your corner office with the view. You can’t get there with all the social media likes in the world. 

You can only get there by getting on your knees. 

On our knees is a humble place to be.

Only a humble position before God will reveal what He wants to do in you and through you by loving and serving. Only a humble position before God will reveal what needs to be done in us and through us first before we get to the “there” we keep hoping to get to. 

Love and serve. In the waiting room love and serve.

In the middle of whatever you are in, love and serve. Even in the middle of a diagnosis, love and serve. It ain’t easy. It’s a battle. 

But, with God’s help, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13)

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Knees Down, Prayers Up,

Sunny

To view the video of what Jonathan Evans preached about his mama, watch below: