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One of the most important thing for a Christian to know is their purpose in life. God’s purpose for you might not be what you expect it to be, but it is what you need to know.
What Is God’s Purpose For Me?
This is a question many faces today. Christian and non-Christians alike. What is the purpose of my life?
As long as you don’t know your purpose, you will not have a vision.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. – Proverbs 19:18.
I like the New Living Translation which says:
When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
God is our divine guidance. He is also our creator. He will give you the vision that you need to live joyfully.
If you want to know what is the purpose of your life, go to the creator!
It’s pretty simple, but we make it really complicated, don’t we?
Let’s say you bought a gadget that you never since before. How are you going to know how to use it?
Either speak to the creator, the inventor, or you read the manual.
That’s what we are going to do today, see what the manual, the bible says.
Yesterday I was watching something on YouTube and Rick Warren came on. He caught my attention by his sermon on Living a Purpose Driven Life.
I get really attracted to this topic because it is dear to my heart. The enemy doesn’t want us to know what’s our purpose in life so we won’t live in the total freedom God has given us.
We don’t know our purpose, we perish.
We perish by ways of rejection and lies from the enemy. The enemy doesn’t want you to know what’s your purpose in life, so he can have you feeling defeated. If you haven’t already, check out my blog on rejection and how it affects your life.
Let’s go over some of the keys from Rick Warren’s sermon and book entitled, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?
5 Purposes For Your Life
1) To Know and Love God
This is one of the most important scripture – to love God.
…“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment — Matthew 22:27-28
To love God, you need to know who God is.
Who is God to you? Is God your provider, your healer, your protector? If so, why do you worry? Worry didn’t come from God.
If we are worrying that our needs won’t be provided, then are we truly believing what we say He is? Children don’t worry about their next meal, they know mom and dad are going to provide it.
The greatest way to know Him is to spend time with Him, in prayer, in the Word of God and in fellowship among other believers.
2) Learn To Love Love Others
Seems pretty easy, until you are told you have to love your enemies.
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! – Matthew 5:44
Want to know where you learn to love?…The church.
The church is filled with many different people from different walks in life. None of us have arrived yet and are all trying to work out our salvation. But what do you do when someone in the church crosses you…? You love them. Respect them.
Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.- 1 Peter 2:17
In the church, you learn to love the ones that cross you because they are family. They are not like your physical family that may come to an end. The family of God is eternal.
3) To Grow Spiritually
The third purpose of your life is to grow spiritually. My mother had a saying, “stagnant water sticks.”
Have you heard of that saying before?
Without going too much in the science behind it, what I can say is, organisms and plants can’t live in water that is not moving, so they die. This causes the stink of rot.
Growing spiritually is important. We don’t want to remain the same.
God is constantly working on our character for us to become Christ-like. He will use trials, tribulations, and temptations to help us to grow.
Don’t believe me? Let’s look at Romans 5:3-4
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
As Rick Warren said, “you learn joy in the middle of grief, peace and patience is learned in the middle of chaos.”
Spiritual growth is thinking and acting more like Jesus.
4) Become the Family of God
The fourth purpose of your life is to become a part of God’s family.
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. – Ephesians 1:5
This is God’s plan for your life. He has purposed for you to belong in His family. If you are not in His spiritual family, which family do you belong to?
5) Serve God By Serving Others
The last purpose I have for you is serving God. Jesus came to earth to serve and taught His disciples to serve as well. How do we serve God? Well, you serve God by serving others.
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ – Matthew 25:40
This is also true in the opposite. When we treat people bad, we are doing it to Him as well. When Paul was persecuting the Christians, Jesus responded to him with…
“Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!
So we can be serving or coming against God by how we treat people. God’s purpose for you is for you to serve Him.
There you have it, 5 purposes of my life and yours. Knowing is just the beginning. Now that we know what is purpose is in life, we can live a purposeful life.
If you want to learn more, I recommend getting The Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren. Click the the book below for more detail.
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