Posts Tagged ‘Purpose

08
Apr
20

Don’t Give Up

There are many distractions that can take us away from our purpose and God-given mission. You can get distracted by fear or doubt. You may be distracted by sin or temptation. You could be distracted by the attacks of the enemy. You might be distracted by failing health or relationships. You can be distracted by good things such as work or family life. These distractions, and not all of them are bad, can pull us in many directions. When God gives you a mission, you have to carry it out. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 4:17 (NLT) about someone in the Colossian church. He said:

And say to Archippus, “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.”

While we do not know what the circumstances were regarding Archippus, we presume that he led a house church. He had been given a ministry and perhaps something was distracting him. It may have been a false teaching that was threatening his ministry. Whatever was distracting him, Paul told him to carry out his God-given ministry. The same can be said to you and me. God has given us a mission and a purpose that we need to make sure that we carry out. We have a mission to share His love and the good news of Jesus to everyone we know. Don’t let anything distract you from your mission and purpose. Carry it out and together, we’ll change the world.

31
Mar
20

Who?

You may be familiar with the heroes of the Bible. People like Abraham, Moses, Deborah, Esther, David, Mary, Peter, John and Paul. Then there are some lesser known figures about whom we know very little. We may come across their names in Scripture and think to ourselves, “Who?” These are people who may not be familiar to us, but they had a name and a purpose. Paul wrote about some of these people in Colossians 4. The first one is found in Colossians 4:7 (NLT) where the apostle Paul wrote:

Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you.

We know very little about Tychicus except that he was obviously serving with Paul while he was in prison. We may not know about his accomplishments, but we know that he had a purpose and a mission. The same thing can be said of you and me. We have a God-given purpose and mission for our lives. Part of your mission is to tell people about Jesus. That starts with the people in your home and spreads out from there. Part of your mission is to be a faithful follower of Jesus and to serve others in His name. You may not ever become famous, but you can be faithful in carrying out your mission. Let’s start with today so it may be said of us one day, “Well done.”

28
Jan
20

Everyone

People, including Christians, are on a mission to discover their purpose in life. Why are we here? What does God want me to do with my life? Christians realize that He gave it to us, He saved us and has promised us a home in Heaven. How can we give back to the One who has given us everything? How can we use our lives for His purposes? Paul wrote about purpose in Colossians 1:28-29 (NLT). He said:

So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. 29 That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.

We share the good news of Jesus with everyone. We tell family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and even our enemies about the love of Jesus. Why? So that they will discover what we have discovered. God loves us and sent Jesus to prove it so we can spend forever with Him. This is the highest purpose for our lives. Everyone needs to hear about Jesus because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Everyone needs to know about Him. Everyone.

30
Oct
19

A Life’s Purpose

What is your purpose for living? Why did God put you on this planet? For Peter, it was to tell about Jesus and His story. He told his audience about his purpose in 2 Peter 1:12-13 (NLT). He wrote:

Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live.

Peter knew what was on the line. It was Heaven or Hell. That’s why he kept reminding people about Jesus and His love. He promised to do it as long as he lived.
This is not just Peter’s purpose. This is my purpose. This is your purpose. We are to act as a beacon of God’s light that points people home. Lost people are always on God’s heart and mind. Jesus said that His purpose, the reason He came, was to seek and to save the lost. If that was His purpose, shouldn’t it be ours as well?

28
Jun
18

Do You Know Why You’re Here?

Paul, in Philippians 1, was torn between wanting to be with Jesus in eternity and being here on Earth continuing in His ministry. The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would remain here in order to fulfill his purpose in life. He wrote:

Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. – Philippians 1:25-26 (NIV)

Paul knew why God had put him here. Do you know why you’re here? What is God’s purpose and plan for you? You may be wondering that very question in your life right now. You’re here to have a loving relationship with God and with others and to tell everyone about the love of Jesus. That is the purpose for every Christ follower on the planet. As far as your individual purpose in life goes, that’s between you and your Creator that He will reveal to you over time as you cultivate that loving relationship with Him. If He hasn’t revealed it yet, keep seeking after Him, trusting that He will show you His plan for your life.
27
Jun
18

So Much To Do

We know that Heaven is a wonderful place. No more mourning, crying or pain of any kind is what we are promised. Followers of Jesus will be with Him for eternity. The apostle Paul wanted to be with Jesus, but knew that God had work for him to do here on Earth. He wrote:

If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. – Philippians 1:22-24 (NIV)

While our hearts long for our eternal home in Heaven, we must remember that there is still so much to do here on earth. Those who don’t know Jesus yet need to hear the good news that He loves them. They need to know that God is for us and not against us. They need to experience the goodness and grace of God. It is up to those of us who follow Jesus to tell them so that they might believe and find the hope that we have found.
31
Oct
16

Our Plans And God’s Purposes

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. — Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. — Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

We think we know.  We think we’ve got it all together.  We think that we’ll just be-bop through life as though we are in charge and everything will just come together.  We make plans to do this and plans to do that.  How we love to plan.  We plan our days.  We plan our futures.  We plan parties.  We hire wedding planners.  We make weekend plans.   We obsess over things like retirement planning.  We carry around daily planners.  We are a people who love to plan things.  We calculate and save and coordinate.  Why?  Because we have plans.

What happens when our plans go awry?  What happens when that bright future we planned out is interrupted or derailed?  What happens when life smacks us in the face so hard that all of our plans come crashing down around us?  We come to realize that the second half of these two proverbs is true.  We can make all kinds of plans, but God is the ultimate Planner.  He is our Life Coordinator.  The Lord determines our steps and His purposes prevail.  We often throw around the phrase (especially in difficult circumstances) that “everything happens for a reason.”  That is true!  We may not understand the reasons, but God does.  He determines our steps.  His purposes prevail.  He has His reasons for the way our lives go.  Our plans may fail, but God’s purposes are perfect.

The New Testament tells us that God will work everything together for good if we love Him and live according to His will (Romans 8:28, paraphrase).  May our trust and faith be in Him who knows and directs our futures.  May we understand that He is good and His love endures forever.  May we be faithful to Jesus and may the Holy Spirit guide us as we journey through this life.  May you have peace today and may your plans align with the One whose purposes will prevail.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I pray that You would reveal to me Your will for my life today. I want to know what it is that You desire for me to do. I pray that You will give me the strength and the courage to go ahead and do it. In Jesus’ name, amen.




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