Return to the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus.
A life without purpose can be meaningless. It can wear you down, bring discouragement and depression. A purpose breathes life and hope into you. It brings joy and meaning to everything you do. Even your job that you don’t like much will suddenly have new meaning. You will suddenly be endowed with wisdom on discerning between resourceful relationships and time wasters. You will be self-motivated and begin using all resources you can get your hands on for one purpose. YOUR PURPOSE!!
What does your life look like? It’s time to sit back and ask yourself…..what is your purpose? Why do you do all that you do? Why do you wake up each day, get ready and go to work? Does your life have more meaning and purpose after you get back from work? What is it you live for?
King Solomon, was the richest AND the wisest man in the world during his time. He lacked nothing. Yes, absolutely nothing! Yet in the book of Proverbs he comes to a very profound conclusion. Life here on earth is meaningless, unless lived for God.
God did not mean for us to live meaningless lives. He created us for a reason and a purpose.
Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The devil is a liar. Jesus said, he is the father of lies. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. Steal your purpose, Kill your motivation & destroy your hope. But Jesus said “I have come that you might have life and life more abundantly”.
There are many examples in the bible where people who lived aimlessly and then suddenly receiving a purpose from God. Thereafter they went on to live a meaningful and purposeful life. Abraham received a purpose, Joshua was given a purpose, Samuel was called and given a purpose, Gideon an ordinary man received a purpose from God, Jeremiah was given a purpose, David was given a purpose. In the new testament, we see this theme continuing. Mary was visited by an angel and given a purpose. John the Baptist was given a clear purpose for entry into the earth.
Luke 1:76-77 : And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
The latter part of the above verse is a clear purpose given to John the Baptist.
Our Lord Jesus had a purpose. He said “I have come to seek and to save that which was lost”. Can we say the same? "I have come to ......................" (fill up the blanks).
All 11 disciples were given a purpose in life when our Lord gave them the Great Commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations teaching them to do all that I have commanded you to do.” The Apostle Paul was given a purpose at the Damascus road encounter with God.
The purpose that God planted in their hearts drove them to extreme endurance levels. They were ordinary fishermen, tax collectors and other ordinary individuals who now suddenly somehow were self-motivated to endure any level of hardship and to ensure they lived for that one purpose. They received the Holy Spirit to empower them and they had the grace of God upon their lives. Now suddenly, paying bills, day to day family life, job, salary, chores, etc were all secondary. These things were not neglected but they were not the main driving factor of their lives. The “purpose” became the driving factor of life. Their lives had meaning, a cause, a reason and a purpose. That’s what finding your purpose does to you. It gives you new meaning to life. It motivates you and drives you and miraculously empowers you with an amazing ability to endure all hardships.
Friends, I encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and fasting and find a purpose outside of yourselves. We have the fullness of the Holy Spirit to help us too, just as He did to the apostles and disciples before us. Learn to be selfless. You know by now that you are not going to be taking anything from this world with you. All riches, luxuries, fame, success, pride…..nothing will be of any use to you when you are in your last days. The only thing you will leave behind is a legacy. You can choose to leave behind changed lives, transformed communities and lots of love or leave behind just memories.
There have been many multi-millionaires who have lived, died and gone. What do you remember of them? On the contrary, think of Mother Theresa. Nothing much need to be said. But beware, it’s not about recognition by men on earth. The Lord sees all things and knows each of our hearts. There are countless others just like Mother Theresa who have lived selfless lives for a purpose outside of themselves and gone on ahead of us. Though not as popular as Mother Theresa was, they have not gone unnoticed. Their rewards are great in heaven.
Therefore I urge you, find your purpose in prayer. Life is definitely much more than going to a job, earning an income, paying bills and going on holidays to dream destinations. When Jesus said “I’ve come to give you life and life more abundantly”, it was not more money, more wealth, more meaningless life that He was talking about, but a life with a purpose. A God given purpose that will keep you motivated and cause you to enjoy all that you do because your eye is on a much bigger vision.
It surely is more blessed to give than to receive.
Most people at this point think, who am I? How could I do what Mother Theresa did? I can’t do anything significant. I have compassion and I do wish I could do something, but who am I? The doubts and questions are endless. Friends, you don’t have to do what someone else did. You only have to do what you can. The bible says "life is but a vapour. Here today, gone tomorrow". I’d much rather make good use of it.
Pray friends, seek the Lord!! Find out how you would make a difference in someone's life if you had only 1 month to live. Then live life that way….for the rest of your life. Life without purpose is surely meaningless and that is surely not why God created you. He has a plan and purpose for you too, and He loves you dearly. It is His will that you accomplish ALL that He has purposed for you. But if you do not know Him at all, then that's probably the first thing you need to do. Just pray "Dear Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins and that you rose again on the third day. I believe you shed your blood for my forgiveness and that your body was broken for my healing. I receive that forgiveness and I receive my healing Lord. Please grant me your grace to live the rest of my life according to your will. I thank you for my salvation. Amen".
If you prayed that prayer, know this that you are now a child of God and the Holy Spirit has come into your life to help you live out your life for God if you let Him. Seek His purpose for you and live the blessed life.
Read My Story here
I was radically transformed by the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ back in 1997 in a most unusual way and unusual place. Read my testimony here. Over the years I have come to realize a few basic truths that have altered my life.
True freedom is freedom from self-centeredness. Dying to yourself, your wants, your desires and to what gives you pleasure for the sake of others is more liberating than you think.