The top three goals of humans seem to be Wealth –Health – Purpose.
Let me address each of these because they actually all interrelate. If you have wealth, and tons of it, but your health is deteriorating, what good is your wealth? If you have great health, good looks, and your weight and teeth are perfect, what good is it if you have no purpose? If you have purpose and are blessed with good health, what can you accomplish with no money?
I speak from experience here. I have been a multi-millionaire and bankrupt. God has blessed me with fair looks and good health – even at my tender young age of 67! I also have a purpose in life, so I get to experience all three so far. I want to say, though, that once you get all three of your life goals together, you must continue to work at keeping them
Let me start with purpose first, because without purpose, there is no point of having wealth or health. Where does purpose come from? If all that your life is about is eat, sleep, work – and you do this every day, then your life has no purpose whatsoever.
Now, let me begin with some good news! Every person on the face of the planet has equality concerning the time that the Good Lord gives us. The rich man or woman has exactly 168 hours a week to eat, sleep, work and accomplish purpose. The poor beggar on the street has exactly 168 hours a week to eat, sleep, and accomplish purpose. Because they typically don’t work, their purpose may simply be to figure out where their next meal will come from – or where they are going to sleep tonight.
Purpose comes from one of two sources: Internal or external. Some sense early in life – internally - what they want to become, or they have a particular gift (like music or art), so they figure out what their purpose is, and they act upon it for the rest of their life.
Purpose comes from without. This sense of purpose can come from a person’s awareness of their surroundings. Maybe they come from broken homes, or from alcoholic parents. They develop a purpose from their surroundings, and that purpose can be used for good – or evil, depending on the influences they had as a child usually.
The other sense of purpose that works from the external and internally is God-given, and here is how I know that to be true: Solomon, the wisest man ever to live, said this in Proverbs 10:6 (The MESSAGE Version): “Blessings accrue on a good and honest life, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.” So, you see, blessings (including wealth, good health and purpose) are given by God. The recipient must choose to be “good”, or “evil”. If the choice – as a result of one’s childhood surroundings – is to do evil, then the mouth of that wicked one will be abuse, and we all know how this may manifest itself.
I want to work from the angle of God-given external purpose, which then becomes internalized once we understand what God’s intent, purpose and plan is for our life.
Mine is clear. I write books. That is my passion. That is my God-given talent. I also sell real estate for a primary source of income. I’m a landlord, and I have other means of supporting myself, but using the God-given talents or gifts that He gives us is key to discovering our purpose for being on the planet in the first place.
Identify your talent. If you do not have one, ask God to show you what He has given you, or what He intends to give you should you seek out His purpose for your life.
I found out what God’s will is…His plan and purpose. From that, I gathered what His plan and purpose for me is. You can do it to by seeking Him out, and asking Him for direction and purpose.
Sometimes, I refer to the Bible as the source of discovery about life. Now, I'm reminded of the young man who was asked, "Which books- aside from the Bible, helped you the most? He said, "My mom's cookbook and my father's checkbook!"
I have studied the Bible from the age of eleven, and I get certain things – like when Jesus was walking upon the earth, and He said, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” - John 6:40.
God’s will, therefore, is that every soul on the planet who looks to His Son – and believes in Him, will reap the benefit of spending eternity in heaven. That’s a pretty good goal. For God to accomplish that goal, He uses people….anyone who is willing to be used for the purpose of telling as many souls as possible about God’s Son.
If that is God’s primary will, and it is because Jesus said so, then it stands to reason that God’s plan and purpose for us must surround that primary goal of His.
Therefore, I came to the conclusion that God’s plan and purpose for me and for you is to first seek out His Son.
Once we believe in Jesus, we get to ask God to reveal His plan and purpose for our life.
By believing, God means that we believe that Jesus is God’s Son, that He came to this planet for one purpose, and that was to become the one-time sacrifice for our nasty sins….and He would exchange our sins for His righteousness. To believe on God’s Son is to believe that Jesus did die on a horrific cross of crucifixion, and that He was raised from the tomb in which He laid for three days…as witnessed by over 515 people, including eleven of His apostles. To believe on God’s Son also means that we choose to believe that He took upon Himself all of our sins, and only He can forgive those sins. To believe on God’s Son also takes an act of asking Him to save us from our sins, and from the punishment for those sins – which would be to spend eternity in a place of torment called hell.
Once we accept His Son as our Savior, we are then promised two things: Heaven for eternity, and we also are given the gift of having the Holy Spirit of God dwell within us, and He is here to lead, guide and direct our paths to accomplish God’s will on the earth.
Knowing that, we then get to ask God to help us to accomplish His will. To do that, it may require that we have wealth, health and purpose combined.
Once our purpose is defined (usually by the gifts that God chooses to give us to accomplish His primary will), we can then ask Him to take care of our daily needs…like food, clothing and shelter, and then we can ask Him to give us the extra resources of wealth to go out and get the job done.
Only God gives us the power to get wealth….and to be healthy. Deuteronomy 8:18 reads this way: “You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.”
So, now that you know where wealth comes from, and you decide to use your abundance of it (beyond your daily bread needs), what are we supposed to do with it to further God’s primary will?
We find that in Isaiah, God is very upset with His people. We play at church, and we play at life. We have no true purpose because we don’t ask God to divulge His plan and purpose for our life. Listen to what God tells us – through His prophet Isaiah:
"Quit your worship charades. I can't stand your trivial religious games: Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings—meetings, meetings, meetings—I can't stand one more! Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them! You've worn me out! I'm sick of your religion, religion, religion, while you go right on sinning. When you put on your next prayer-performance, I'll be looking the other way. No matter how long or loud or often you pray, I'll not be listening. And do you know why? Because you've been tearing people to pieces, and your hands are bloody. Go home and wash up. Clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings so I don't have to look at them any longer. Say no to wrong. Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless. Go to bat for the defenseless.“ Isaiah 1:14-17 – The MESSAGE.
Pretty harsh, wouldn’t you say?
God’s primary will is that we use His gifts, including health and wealth – to tell others about His Son, and secondarily, to “Do good unto others….to work for justice (not social justice, but equal, righteous justice), and to help the down-and-out (poor) and to take care of the homeless, the orphans, the widows, and to go to bat for those who cannot defend themselves.”
That’s a pretty good calling. With that as our purpose, it’s easy to now understand why Jesus gave two commandments, and these two would take care of all of the previous Laws of Moses – Ten Commandments.
The two new commandments from Jesus are: “Love the Lord, your God with all your heart, and love your fellow man as well as you love yourself.” - Mark 12:30.
To do good, we must try not to do evil.
3 John:11 puts it this way: “Friend, don't go along with evil. Model the good. The person who does good does God's work. The person who does evil falsifies God, doesn't know the first thing about God.”
Jesus gave every one who believes on Him a plan and a purpose. He spelled it out in Matthew 28:19-20 –“God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age." - The Message.
The AMPLIFIED Version of the Bible sums it all up. Love for God and our fellow man, and wanting to accomplish God’s will for them…which is to win them to Christ and give them the gift of heaven, is our plan and purpose.
1 Corinthians 14:1 –“ I want you to eagerly pursue and seek to acquire love. Make love your aim, your great quest; and earnestly desire and cultivate the gifts that God has given you - especially that you may interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching”.
Do you truly want to have the purpose and plan that God has designated for you to accomplish? If that is the case, then it would be fitting for you to ask God to help you to accomplish His will, His plan and His purpose for your life.
Remind Him that He said He would give you all the resources and gifts necessary to accomplish that purpose.
To do God’s plan and purpose is to reach that state of absolute peace and harmony with God. He wants us to have a close relationship with Him. He wants us to know Him intimately, and what better way to do it all than to do His plan and purpose for your life?
John Tyler, Author
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