Sunday, January 24, 2016

You Have A Purpose

The word of the week is PURPOSE
PURPOSE is the aim or goal of a person : what a person is trying to do, become, etc.
My husband, David, met someone who used to attend church and understood the meaning of Salvation through Jesus Christ, but he was throwing his life away with drugs and alcohol. He was super depressed because he knew he was addicted and was tired of the life he was living. In a brief moment, David tried to encourage the man by simply saying, "God has a purpose for your life." The man focused on David and asked, "Do you really think so?" David answered "Yes" and the man broke down in tears. He felt worthless, and defeated, and stuck; yet someone told him God has a purpose for his life. God had a reason for him to be alive. It was what he needed to hear. It's what we all need to hear from time to time, because we are all sinful and we all have moments when we feel like failures. The good news is that, whatever our failures are, we can always make a new beginning with God. So, remember this:  no matter who you are, or what you have been through, our Father in Heaven has a purpose for YOU. Read the following verses to see what God's Word has to say about your purpose in this world. Then, make a new start today, a new commitment, to try and fulfill the purpose God has for you.


YOU ARE HERE TO DO GOOD
Ephesians 2:10 -  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)
 
YOU ARE HERE TO SERVE THE LORD AND OTHERS (with the use of your God-given gifts and talents) 
Psalm 100:2 - Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. (NAS)

1 Peter 4:10 - As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. 

YOU ARE HERE TO ENCOURAGE
1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

YOU ARE HERE TO THINK OF OTHERS
Philippians 2:3-5 - Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus (NAS)

YOU ARE HERE TO GIVE THANKS
Colossians 3:17 - Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (NAS)
 
YOU ARE HERE TO SHARE THE GOSPEL
Mark 16:15 - And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."
 
YOU ARE HERE TO LOVE - Love God and Love others
Matthew 22:37-39 - And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (NAS)

YOU ARE HERE TO IMITATE GOD
Ephesians 5:1-2 - Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

YOU ARE HERE TO WORSHIP GOD 
Psalm 95:6-7 - Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. (NAS)

YOU ARE HERE TO BRING GLORY TO GOD (And, you will bring glory to God by doing all of the above.)
1 Corinthians 10:31 - So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God

Make a new start today, a new commitment, 
to fulfill your God-given purpose.

To help remind you of your purpose, here is a Google document that you can print out and keep handy for future reference:  


 


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