Living With a Purpose

Introduction: Most of us want purpose in our life. When a Christian fulfills their purpose it brings glory to God. The Scripture gives us many examples of persons who fulfilled their purpose in life and finished the work that God had designed for them to do while on this earth. Here are two of them:
bulletActs 13:36, reads like this. "For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed" (NIV).
bulletActs 20:24, we read about Paul. "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace"(NIV).

Both David and Paul were born to fulfill a purpose. God had gifted them with capabilities to accomplish their task and finish the work he had destined for them to do.

As story has been told of a little boy who lived in the mountains found an eagle's nest in a tree high on a rocky crag. In the nest was an eagle's egg. The boy took the egg home and put it in a hen's nest under a setting hen. After being in the nest under the setting hen, the eagle's egg finally hatched, along with the chicken eggs.

The baby eaglets played with the baby chicks and for some time thought he was just a chicken. Now since the eagle believed he was a chicken he acted like a chicken. He did not try to fly, but remained with the chickens in the fenced-in chicken yard. As the eagle grew bigger and stronger he somehow began to realize he was different than a chicken. He began to feel an urge to fly. After a few tries, the eagle began to believe he really could fly. And because he believed he could!

So he stretched his strong wings and began to fly--higher and higher and higher until he reached his new home on top of the lofty mountain. He believed in a greater destiny than a chicken pen. Because he believed his belief released a power to do it. He now lived on the highest pinnacle and soared through the sky. His destiny was accomplished because he believed. 

As long as the eagle believed he was a chicken, he lived and acted like a chicken. But as soon as the eagle began to believe he had powers and capabilities greater than a chicken, his powers and capabilities increased to equal his belief. This eagle fulfilled his purpose for his life.

God made each of us for a purpose. He has invested gifts, talents and abilities in each of us. He expects a return on these investments. Jesus told a parable concerning talents that were given to servants. We read about this in Matthew 25: 14- 30. Note that one of the servants failed to fulfill the purpose of being given the talent. 

Jesus said in Matt. 25:28, "Take the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away."

The Bible is the book where I find out what God says he wants me to do with my life. God expects us to submit our plans to Him. He is our Heavenly Father. He knows what our destiny should be. Just as parents like to be consulted from time-to-time and have an opportunity for input as their plans and goals are developing.  Of course, this is a process. God wants to be involved in the process.

The book of Proverbs is filled with scriptures of that idea of God's involvement in our every day life. Proverbs 3:6, "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths". God is gently asking his child to let Him be involved in giving some direction.

Proverbs 16:3, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed" (NIV). This is not talking about high and lofty things. This is concerning everyday life. It is a call and a promise to God's children. God wants us to commit our plans for our goals to Him. Isn't it amazing that our God is so interested in our succeeding with our plans and our future? He is, you know.

Lasting success is built on values that last. Proverbs 21:21 states it like this: "He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor."

There are four relationships that must be developed if one is going to fulfill life's purpose. These are:
bulletModels that will inspire us.
bulletMentors that give us instructions.
bulletPartners that will assist us and work in cooperation with us.
bulletFriends that will support us emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
Another important issue in pursuing a purpose is to set goals. When a person sets goals for their life they exhibit faith in the future and faith in a God that will help accomplish the goals. Goal setting does please God. Following are five questions to ask yourself when setting your faith goals:
bulletWill it glorify my Lord? "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Cor. 10:31) ASV.
bulletWill it make me more like Jesus? Would Jesus do this? Would it conflict with anything in His character?
bulletWill it make a positive contribution to the world?
bulletWill it influence others with life's message
bulletCan I do this in faith without doubting?  "Whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men; 24 knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance: ye serve the Lord Christ," Col 3:23-24.

God wants the best that His people can produce. Whether the goals are academic, athletic, financial or career goals, God wants the best out of His people. God is glorified by our successes more than our failures. Our willingness to attempt great things, to maximize opportunities to bring honor to Him, brings Him more glory than for us to back away from challenges, afraid to risk ourselves for fear we might fall.

As one sets goals there are many challenges to be faced. In the book of Joshua there is the story of Caleb, Joshua 14:10). Caleb came through the wilderness experience with the children of Israel, then at the age of 85, he came into the Promised Land and he saw the hill country that hadn't been taken yet.

Caleb said yes to the challenge and set-out to conqueror the difficult hill country, even though he was an aged man. While in the wilderness he lost all of his family and friends, but he did not dwell on the past. He looked out ahead with a vision and took the challenge. The Bible tells us, "Without a vision the people perish:" (Proverbs 29:18).

 As believers, our life on this earth is compared to a race. A race is a challenge to do ones best to win. Paul said in Acts 20:24, "However I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I finish the race and complete the task the Lord has given me, the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace". 

 "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air"1Cor 9:24-27. (NIV)

This can certainly be applied to the purpose that God has given to each of us. We have talents and gifts that we are to use to bring glory to God as we finish our course. 

Remember that a believer's center is around Jesus Christ and working to establish His Kingdom on this earth. Whatever goal that you pursue, the ultimate purpose is to accept the challenge, finish the course and bring glory to God. It will involves risks. We must use our talents, enlarge them and make the most of what God has given to us.

In the parable that Jesus told we see the one talent man afraid to take a risk and in the end he lost it all. You were born to fulfill a purpose. Give it your best. Go for it! 


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