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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
TITLE: purpose (i)
By Andrew Curtis
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Mark 1:38 and he said to them, Let us go to other parts into the nearest towns, so that I may give teaching there, because for this purpose I came.
What is your primary objective? Is it to be of service to others? Is it to make as much money as possible? Do you want to retire at the age of 50? For centuries, scholars and philosophers have been trying to get a definite answer to the biggest question in the universe. “Why am I here; what is my purpose?”
For years I thought my purpose was to become a statistic and die a very painful alcoholic death. I couldn’t see through my troubles enough to see that God did have a plan for me. I was too wrapped up in my life and the torments of yesterday. I tried many times to stop drinking to no avail. I just knew I was headed for disaster and that I would be talked about in vain. “Remember him? He never found God and died alone. Do you want to end up like him?”
We are not here on earth to die alone and wallow in our own self pity. Our main purpose is to praise God and strive be like Jesus Christ. We are made in the likeness of God. We can’t be holy and perfect all the time but to be in the likeness of God is to be perfect. Once we realize we aren’t perfect, we work on our defects to overcome them, turn them over to God and continue to attain that likeness.
Our purpose sometimes is to be there for another person. When heartaches and pain overtake a friend’s life and they feel down and out, we are there for them to lift them up and enrich their thoughts. Our purpose at that time is not to make money or gain more material items. It is to be there for that friend.
“I feel so useless,” Sarah sighed, “I am nothing, have nothing and will never end up with anything good in my life.”
“You’re not useless,” Greg sympathized, “remember when I broke up with Lisa and thought I’d never find anyone else? You were there for me to lift me up and encourage me. Your purpose at that time was to be there for me. Just like my purpose right now is to be there for you.”
Proverbs 16:3 put your works into the hands of the Lord, and your purposes will be made certain.
Whatever we feel our purpose is in life, we need to turn that into the hands of the Lord so it will be made firm. Purposes vary from person to person and only God really knows our true purpose in life. By allowing God to have everything we have, we commit to abiding by His word and finding the purpose He has for us. Everyone has a purpose in life; we seem to look so hard for it sometimes that we overlook it when it is presented to us. Rest, trust in God and the purpose will be made clear.
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