FROM CLARITY TO PURPOSE

by Anna Walker


SUBSTANCE

cla-ri-ty:  insight, foresight,  metaphorically- mental vision, the quality of being clear, coherence and intelligibility, profound insight

pur-pose: the reason something is done, or exists; the feeling of being determined to do something; aim; fully explored; completely defined; the reason something exists

One of the most amazing things God has given us is the ability to see through our eyes. When our eyes are healthy, the parts of of the eye- the retina, optic nerves, iris, cornea, function well. We see the beauty of nature, facial expressions, the wonder of great architecture and so on. When our eyes are unhealthy for a variety of reasons, we become near or far-sighted or experience such diseases as cataracts (a clouding of the eye's natural lens), macular degeneration (deterioration of the central area of the retina that controls visual acuity), or Glaucoma (loss of peripheral vision and blurred vision). Some of these diseases can lead to blindness.

We can parallel this to spiritual vision. As powerful as our eyes are, they can’t perceive spiritual reality. When our spiritual vision is sharp, we can see the things of God, when it is obscure, our sight becomes cloudy, unable to focus, we experience myopia and loss of a broader perspective, blurred vision, or worse, total vision loss.

God wants us to have a divine perspective of our lives. We need clarity for the fulfillment of His purpose. 

Many times we ask the question, What is God’s purpose for my life? In Experiencing God, by Blackaby and King, they believe that the real question is, What is God’s will and purpose? Once we know that, we adjust our lives to His; once we know what God is doing, then we know what we need to do.  The focus is shifted from ourselves to God! 

I have been on a personal journey to purpose since 1998. I really began to question who I am and why I was created.  I wondered what is the unique thing that sets me apart from anyone else on the earth. Truly, it has been a process. Over these years, I have experienced more and more of my purpose, as I have aligned my life to His.

Understand that getting from the place of clarity to manifestation of purpose is not like going from point A to point B. There is a gap between the two.  The larger the gap, the greater the purpose. In those gap years, there will be tests, obstacles, character building, alignment, the need for patience, perseverance, trust, shifts in perspective, humility and complete surrender. Once we have reached His purpose, we see the manifestation, feel fulfilled, hopeful and motivated by the fact that God has created an eternal legacy.

Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding [eyes of your heart, deeper insight, perception of your mind] being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and the  surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.   (NIV)

 

In this scripture, Paul prays that the we receive clarity and expand our capacity for vision from a divine viewpoint so that we can have full understanding of God's purposes-calling, inheritance, and power.

On a scale of 0-5, Zero being the cloudiest, what is your level of clarity? If you are experiencing spiritual cataracts, ask God to give you more clarity. If your pathway seems clear, ask God for a deeper revelation of Who He is. The journey is not over. There is much more in store for you. Is your spiritual vision 20/20?