Can you picture a time in history when mobile telephony was nonexistent? How did we make it? It must have been an arduous life. History tells us that our ancestors used to communicate by lighting fires, drumming, and even by the use of homing pigeons. I wonder what will happen if our generation was to be taken back into the Twelfth Century; possibly with a super rocket. Sounds fantastic! It only happens in novels, films and television series. Life could be a nightmare for some of us if such a thing was possible. What about those who lived decades, or centuries ago! Can you imagine the kind of shock they will have if they were to resurrect? If King Alfred of Wessex was to resurrect, he would be utterly dumbfounded. In fact, he would conclude that the level of our witchcraft is on another level and probably sentence all of us to hang. The privileges we enjoy nowadays, courtesy of technology are colossal.
Have you ever had a smartphone that kept dropping until it was so disfigured that one wonders if you have had it for ten years? Years back I had a phone that dropped severally until the technician told me to get a new one. It was sad, but I had to find a replacement as fast as possible lest I find myself shut out of the postmodern world. The new phone served me well. It performed its functions to my joy and satisfaction.
Purpose is paramount
Most of us have mobile phones. In a modern world, these gadgets are vitally crucial. We use them to send text messages, make calls, access the internet, watch videos, listen to music and many more activities. These phones serve the purpose they were manufactured to accomplish. They only fail when and if there is a technical setback.
I love reading George Burns quotes. He was an out of the ordinary American clown. He once said that he woke up every morning and read the obituary column. If he found that his name was not listed in the obituaries, he would proceed to eat his breakfast. The late American Statesman, and polymath, Benjamin Franklin put it this way, “I wake up every morning at nine and grab the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.”
What is our purpose on earth? Is there any reason for existence outside us? The Book of Jeremiah 1:5 says,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
From this verse, it clear that we exist for a reason beyond ourselves. There is a purpose we are to execute in this life. Just like mobile phones, God created us to complete a certain purpose. We don’t wake up to a new day and stay the whole day lazing in bed. We don’t wake up every morning and then ask people around us what we should be doing. This shows that humans were wired for a reason. Even those of us who subscribe to the philosophy of materialism must wake up each day and carry out a certain appointment.
The manufacturer of a mobile phone knows the reasons why he or she manufactured it. The technological capabilities put into the phone permit it to function independently. We only refer to the manual if and when something is terribly wrong. The same way God has created us with all that we need to carry out our purposes. One of our goals this New Year should be to stop asking God to reveal to us what our purposes are, or rather His will. I bet we have been doing that incessantly and this makes us appear confused. We never see anyone in the Bible asking such questions. Instead, we encounter people who read the Scripture and aligned themselves with it. That is how they fulfilled their purposes. Go out and live your purpose. Carry out His will with stubbornness and steadfastness. Do not wear a suit when you are going fishing. Do not put on sleeping dress when you are going golfing.