January 19th, 2016
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Psalm 139:14–17 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!”
You and I were not only Created On Purpose, but we were Created For A Purpose. You are not an accident or an incident. You and I have divine purpose. That, my friend, may be one of the single most important discoveries in your lifetime. Understanding your purpose is priceless, while not understanding your purpose is very costly, not only to you, but also to God.
The root of purposelessness is spelled out by the Psalmist. Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God…” If there is no God, there is no purpose or for that matter, any real meaning to life. A life without God means that I can do my own thing, go my own way and live my own life. To divorce myself from the reality of a Creator, a Master Designer who has a purpose for each one of us is truly the attitude and the actions of a fool. If the created is without a Creator, then life has no other purpose than one’s own immediate happiness. If there is No God, then there are no constants and therefore, no need for constraints. My life is mine and that’s all that really matters.
The narcissism and hedonism of our day certainly stems from a culture that does not understand purpose. What is my purpose? Certainly, we have all been given a host of life’s responsibilities that we need to do and do well. I am a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a pastor, a preacher, a counselor, a mentor, a friend, a church member. I not only need to strive to be the best of each of these I can possibly be, but I need to do it with all of my strength (Ecclesiastes 9:10). But none of these life responsibilities is my purpose!
What is my purpose?
Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Romans 11:36 “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
I Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
My purpose is so simple – to Please God and to Glorify God! Anyone or Anything that distracts me from this simple and yet sacred purpose is Distraction At The Least and an Idol At The Worst. Do you know why I faithfully attend church, why I tithe weekly, why I regularly witness to others about the saving Grace of God, why I daily read and study my Bible, why I try to seek God and walk with God every moment of my life? Because all of this greatly Pleases and Glorifies God.
Don’t get so Focused On Your Responsibilities that you Forfeit Your Purpose! May God give us all the passion and purpose to Please Him and Glorify Him today!