Todd Braschler spoke today at Northridge about Purposeful Unsettledness, which he defined as: a challenge to recognize the uneasiness, the unsettledness, the discontentedness in the heart of God and to accept that same sense in our own lives.
Sounds a bit strange, right?
But really, it’s pretty awesome.
Basically, the idea is to feel unsettled due to a particular broken area of our incredibly broken world.
With that issue, we can’t be content:
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment
– 1 Peter 2:2
We must never find ourselves so content in our relationship with Christ that we stop growing. Contentment is a dangerous place. For progress, we need a felt need. We need to be unsettled.
1) Holy Discontent is defined by the passion of my heart, mirroring that of Christ.
One of my favorite things to do is find what people are passionate about. Find that one thing, and you will open the door to a deeper understanding and connection to that person. I love to hear people describe what they are passionate about. Light comes into their eyes and their entire demeanor changes.
Now imagine that person mirroring the passion and heart of Christ.
Ever see someone so clearly on the path of God that His light seems to radiate from them and everything they do?
They find their passion and peace in Christ, mirroring the desires of His heart.
2) Without holy discontent, the purpose of my life is difficult to define.
I believe that God has a plan for each and every one of us. A perfect plan, blessed by His hand and His guidance. After all, He knows us better than anyone else.
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
– Psalm 139:1-3
We are valuable to Him:
What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin ? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
– Matt 10:29-31
For in him we live and move and exist.
– Acts 17:28
And He has these great plans:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
– Jeremiah 29:11
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
– Ephesians 3:20
However, I also think that we stray from His plan quite often. We are, after all, sinful creatures and we often veer off course.
There is a phenomenon in human nature where we become frustrated when we are delegated to participate in an effort that has no understood purpose.
Therefore, a life seemingly without purpose is frustrating. Because of this, I believe that we often rush to decide our own purposes in life. We want the answer now, so we create it ourselves.
And this is dangerous.
With this, we limit what God can achieve in our life.
However, understanding God’s Holy Discontent gives us something greater to strive for and achieve – a greater purpose for our lives.
3) Understanding Holy Discontent brings immeasurable fulfillment and purpose through Christ.
Wow. That sounds awesome.
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” – John 10:10
God’s desire is not to destroy our lives, but rather bring fulfillment. However, that can only come through a life truly devoted to following Him. If we do not make that commitment, we miss out on His amazing plan for our lives.
I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.
– Habakkuk 1:5
Don’t miss out.
Think about what this passion might be.
What strikes you that also is within the heart of God?
What situations have been defining moments in your life in Christ?
What problem are you passionate about?
Do you seem to have more insight to this problem than the average Joe?
How would this world be different if you focused your efforts on this problem?
What would it mean to you if at the end of this life, you saw that you had an eternal impact in regards to that issue?
Think. Pray. Pray some more.
God has amazing things in store for you and through you.
Let him act.