For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen
So over the course of these last two weeks, I’ve been discussing purpose. I started off talking about living on purpose and began with your creation and relationship with God. I discussed how your life and everything in it has purpose and how God is purposeful, there are no accidents. I discussed living a for purpose life and how you were created to have dominion and power on the earth, the purpose behind the church, and living for purpose when everything is going wrong. This week as we conclude the series, I’ll discussing living with purpose and I’ll tie off the last portion with a podcast to summarize all that we’ve discussed so stay tuned!
To begin, living a life with purpose is a living a life with a relationship with God. There’s no way around it. God, the Creator, designed us to have a relationship with Himself and with others. God is love (1 Jn 4:8) and being the spirit of love that He is, He must deposit this force somewhere and into something, which is earth and us. That’s amazing to think about! He could’ve chosen anywhere else but He chose here and He chose you and me. It’s not as though God has need and He NEEDED us to exist or He’d die but He desired to create a special creation that He could relate to and fellowship with and that’s us. He even created something we could relate to on a human-to-human basis and that’s relationship with each other. But you know the story, along the way, Satan crept in and deceived us by making us believe that there was something else that we needed outside of God. He made us to believe there was something flawed in us or something God was keeping away from us and we fell into sin by believing a lie. Satan said, “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:4) This was a lie because earlier in chapter 1, God created them in His image, and in chapter 2 He told them what was good and what was evil.
When we read these passages, it’s so easy to think, “If it were me, I would’ve never done that” but we believe that same lie almost every day. In His word, God tells us what’s good and what’s evil, He tells us who we are and why we’re here, He tells us about His plans for our lives, He tells us about His plans for the world, and yet, we still believe that we can find purpose somewhere else. It’s the same sin. Every time you look to horoscopes to tell you about who you are, you’re believe the same lie that you can discover your purpose somewhere else. Every time you look to science as the definitive answer for what God has done, you believe the same lie that you can discover purpose somewhere else (*yes, I believe in science but I believe that God created what man knows and everything that God creates begins in His word). Every time you look to your friends and family or talk shows or social media FIRST for advise, you believe the same lie that you can discover your purpose somewhere else.
We seek God FIRST in everything and with everything because He is author and finisher of all things. Who knows you and your life better than your Creator and your Father? Why seek outside sources first when you can seek The Source of all things to provide answers and solutions to the problems you face? We must come to acknowledge that we are nothing without God and can do nothing without God. Everything that we are and every capability that we have is all because of Him and not of ourselves. We may word hard, we may strengthen our skills, we may study, and all other things but nothing happens without God’s involvement. We must acknowledge that God is inescapable and that He cares enough about us to hold our very lives in His hands. He knows about the faults and the pains and the worries that you have. He knows your desire for security and success and peace but He wants you to know that all of those things are found in Him. He can and will do it for you but will you trust Him? Will you trust Him with your life and everything in it?
If you’ve never given your life to Christ, I urge and compel you to do so. I don’t just hope to see you in Heaven one day but I hope to see Heaven on earth in your life. I hope to see the presence of God, the peace of God, the prosperity of God, the power of God, the love of God, and the joy of God surrounding your life. I hope to see you strengthening your faith and trust in God by walking with Him daily. So, if you don’t have this kind of relationship with God or you’re unsure, the word of God says that the wages of sin is death, which means separation, but the gift of God which is in Jesus Christ, is eternal life (Rom. 6:23). If you know that you’re experiencing separation from God and His plans for His life, only Jesus Christ, which is The Free Gift, can pay that penalty for the sin that caused it. If you’d like to experience what living with purpose really means, pray this with a sincere heart:
“Dear God, I come to you a sinner. I acknowledge that my sin has caused separation between me and you. I acknowledge that Jesus Christ was and is the payment for my sin so that I can have an eternal relationship with you. God, today, I acknowledge that you are MY God and MY Savior and through Jesus Christ, nothing can separate me from your love, in Jesus Name’. Amen.”
That’s it! If you confessed this with your mouth and believed this in your heart, you’re saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Even if you were a Christian before this, maybe you haven’t been walking with purpose because you haven’t fully surrendered your life over to Him. Now would be a good time to ask for forgiveness in that area and repent from those things that you sought for your purpose. God says, if you draw close to Him, then He’ll draw close to you (James 4:8). We can be as close or as far away from God and our purpose as we want to be, it all depends on what we choose.