Summary: This sermon deals with why we are here, what is our purpose in life.
Esther 4:14 (KJV)
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Re-enforcing verses and ideas
Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV)
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Psalm 139:13 (ESV)
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
Moses was born to lead the children of Israel of Bondage
Elijah was born to be a prophet
Noah was born to build the ark
John the Baptist was born to be the forerunner of Christ and to baptize in the wilderness
Paul was born to preach and write most of the new testament
Until you discover your PURPOSE your EXISTENCE will have no meaning ... because PURPOSE is the source of FULFILLMENT.
Success is NOT PURPOSE ... because SUCCESS without PURPOSE is LIFE without MEANING.
During this time that God made Esther the queen haman wanted to kill all the jews Esther being a jew was told by mordecai that she having the power to protect the jews was given this position by God for such a time as this….
Pastor Rick Warren wrote a book titled “The purpose driven life” and 20 million copies were sold last year., of which pastor Rick donated 90% of the profit to charities.
Many people turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, career, seeking some purpose in life
Put a 250-channel remote control in our hands & we’ll still be restless. Because the things of life don’t really satisfy unless you have a purpose for living.
We have been born to have a relationship with God
When you have a relationship with God His purpose becomes your purpose….
Jesus came with a purpose.
Luke 9:51 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
Luke 22:42 (KJV)
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Romans 8:28 (KJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
2 Tim. 1:9 (KJV)
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
1 John 3:1 (KJV)
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1 John 3:2 (KJV)
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Galatians 4:7 (KJV)
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
We have been born to influence others
ILL. Do you remember? Princess Di lived in palaces & rode in luxury automobiles. She ate the finest food. She wore designer clothes. She had expensive jewelry. She was famous & young & beautiful.
On the other hand, Mother Teresa was old & bent. Living in the slums of Calcutta, India, she spent her time working among the diseased & dying people who crowded into her makeshift wards every day.
Which one of these two do you suppose was the happiest?
Now folks, that’s the secret of contentment in life. When we give ourselves away we find out what life is really all about.
The life and death of a man named Stephen in the bible had an influence on a young man named saul who later came to Christ on the road to damacus and his named was changed to the apostle Paul who later went on the write most of the new testament.
Acts 7:58 (KJV)
And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
You never too old or young to do what God has called you to do
Moses was 40 years old when he tended sheep in midian, a job that he did for 40 years. When moses was 80 years old god called him for his purpose
Deut. 34:7 (KJV)
And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.