I watched the movie Creed which has been out for a while. The movie begins by giving the audience some background history of the main character, Adonis Johnson. He’s the product of an affair. He’s lost his mother and didn’t know his father as he had passed away before he was born. He’s now living in a detention center where he has a strong urge to fight all the time. He’s actually pretty good at fighting too. At the age of about 10 his father’s wife (yes, his father’s wife who is not his mother) comes to get him and raises him. It is at this time that he finds out that he does have a father and he was a world champion boxer who died while boxing. He grows up quite affluently going to college and landing a career in finance.
Even though he had a great career where he was advancing, he finds himself sneaking off to Mexico to box. At this point his “fighting” had developed into the skill of boxing. He’s sneaking off because his now mother doesn’t want to lose him like she’s lost her husband and his father. After what seems to be a struggle with himself, he tells his mother that he’s quit his job to pursuing boxing full time. He had this itch that had to be scratched. He has this purpose that he has to follow.
What does this have to do with you?
First, even though he didn’t know his father, he had this urge to fight as a child and later box as an adult. Despite him knowing it was dangerous and he could potentially lose his life, he had to pursue his purpose. Why? Because he was his father’s child. The desire to fight was part of whom he was. One might say he was born with that desire. It was embedded into his DNA.
What urge has the Heavenly Father put within you that you can’s seem to shake because you are the Father’s child? God has placed within you the gift of the Holy Spirit and talents that are meant to be used the bring glory to him. Paul says that “we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:7, NASB). That unquenchable desire you have is God’s purpose for your life. It is the itch you need to scratch. It is probably something you said you never wanted to do or something that you’re afraid of doing. But even still it’s a burning desire down within you because you are the Father’s child.
Second, because he was initially raised by his single, biological mother he went by her last name, Johnson. But as he pursued a professional career in boxing, he needed to go by his father’s last name otherwise there was no reason to promote a fight seeing as his father was a champion fighter who was famous. He needed to start his professional career in boxing in his father’s name because it was in the father’s name that he would be successful.
Purpose is no good unless you go and do it in the name of the Father/Jesus. Most people have a desire to do something that’s bigger than themselves. Purpose is wonderful. To walk and live in your purpose is phenomenal. But if you try to pursue purpose apart from God, have you really accomplished anything that’s lasting and made a positive impact in the world? Yes, there are people that have accomplished great things, but how has those things furthered God’s plan in the earth? Jesus commanded the disciples to go and baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-19). So, they were to go and do in his name and not in their own authority.
Third, he was orphaned. But his father’s wife took him into her family because of the love that she had for his father. But also because of the compassion and love that she obviously had in her heart for him.
Let us not forget that we too were once orphaned as gentiles or non-Jews. We were enemies of God because of sin. But because of Jesus’ love for the father and his love for us, he died on the cross. We have now been grafted into the family of God (Romans 11:17-24). Because God has adopted us we now have access to the Holy Spirit that dwells within us and allows us to exceedingly, abundantly above all we could think our ask (Ephesians 3:30).
Lastly, I leave you with this verse from Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMPC):
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], …
Move Forward in Your Divine Purpose/Itch and Be Blessed
*scripture reference from www.biblegateway.com