Last week i was granted an amazing opportunity to do something to raise awareness of disability issues in my home country. At first i was extremely excited, i was like little old me do what? I was beyond the moon. Upon reading the conditions of this offer, my heart became unsettled. It was not quite what i was initially expecting. I left it for a few days to see where i stood a few days later.
Yesterday came and i was still feeling unsettled and it hit me why i was feeling this way. Even though it is or was an amazing opportunity it is not what God told me to do. Starting this blog is what God told me to do. Without divulging much information, had i signed up for this opportunity, i would have had to compromise my blog a lot as this opportunity would become top priority and my blog second. Simply put, i would have to put aside what God told me to do and take something up that is different from that mandate.
This whole experience got me thinking about compromise particularly compromising our God given mandate our God given purpose to take on other opportunities that do not quite fit in with that God given mandate or God given purpose.
God gave Adam the mandate in Genesis 2:15-17 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” God instructed Adam not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil but see what happened in Genesis 3:6-7 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” By disobeying God by eating the fruit, Adam compromised the vision that God had given him.
When we compromise on the vision that God has given us to pursue other things, we fall out of His will and His presence. Genesis 2: 8-10 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” This is because we are no longer doing what we are supposed to be doing, rather we can now pursing fleshly desires that are outside of His will and presence.
If you don’t compromise on your values and beliefs, you will never have to defend your purpose-Tamyka Washington
This week do not compromise your God given purpose in pursuit of things that are outside HIS will for you.