Holly Hatfield brings us today’s devotion, titled “Relentless in the Pursuit of His Purpose.” Holly & I have known each other for many years. We attended the same church camp growing up, and now our kids have been blessed to do the same! Holly, an associate Pastor’s wife, with 2 beautiful children, lives in my home state of Georgia. She is also an amazing singer! Holly is the owner of ‘Boutique Abby,’ that offers a variety of modest, modern fashion. Holly is such a dear friend. Give her IG page a follow! @shopboutiqueabby
Relentless in the Pursuit of His Purpose
As I was praying in our mid-week service in our sanctuary last night, I felt the Lord drop one word in my heart… Relentless. It’s such a powerful word. To be relentless is be the total opposite of a quitter. It’s the total opposite of even thinking like a quitter.
I feel like this year has presented more opportunities for us to feel & battle defeat than ever before. It has been so confusing & conflicting at times. From epidemics, to politics, to pandemics, it’s been such a challenging year so far. A few times I felt as if greatness had possibly seen its last day. Maybe this was the end of the end & we would never see what we’ve seen in times past. Maybe our children would never know what “normal” is again. Maybe we would never see the inside of our sanctuaries again. Maybe our government would completely overtake us. Maybe the police would be defunded & we would be helpless citizens. Maybe the human trafficking epidemic was bigger than we could handle.
But, as God touched my heart last night, I knew that He was calling me to be relentless in the pursuit of His purpose. He still has a plan. He still needs a people. He is still at work & Has never stopped. I felt so encouraged to know that He is depending on His children to see His plan unfold. There’s still souls to be saved, there’s still miracles to unfold. There’s still marriages to be restored & mended. There’s still a revival that will be poured out. We must be relentless for the sake of our children, our families, our co-workers & our friends.
Now, more than ever, we should be standing for what is right & true, rather than feeling negative or cast down. Now, is the time for the Christian to step up & shine the light from within. It’s time to be relentless & not lethargic. It’s time to push past every strong hold & challenge ourselves. Even when it’s not easy. Even when you’re weary. It’s time to fight for America & a moral belief system. It’s time to get involved like never before. Your church needs your attendance, your Pastor needs your prayers, your community needs to see you contributing, your family needs to hear you praying & most of all God needs to know He can count on you to be relentless in the pursuit of His purpose.
I remember being a kid & feeling like the more I mentioned the gift I was anticipating for Christmas, that it would eventually have to somehow sink into my parents heads that I really, really wanted that toy. I would find ways to work it into conversations & even cut the stock photo out of magazines & leave it laying around the house. You know why? Because I was relentless in my pursuit of that particular item. I had my eyes on the prize & wouldn’t give up until it was mine on Christmas morning.
I relate that to my personal life today. I set goals & I achieve them. I enjoy reaching my hard earned goals. I like to save money towards a purchase & make a purchase that I know I was relentless about.
I’m thankful the for the challenge that I felt in my heart last night. God is so good to bless us with a full sermon & then sometimes He just gives us one word. I want to be so relentless in my pursuit of His purpose that I leave nothing undone. I want you to be as well. Wherever you are, whatever Gods plan is in your life, be relentless about it. Give it all you’ve got, because after all, that’s what God is doing for you, my friend.