Summary: A sermon that was developed by reading some of the Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren.
Living With Purpose, Not Many Are Doing It.
Pastor Glenn Newton June 29th, 2003
Jer. 29:11 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. NIV
Prov. 13:7 “A pretentious , showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full
life.” The Message
What’s the purpose of that chair that your sitting in?
What’s the purpose of your car or truck that brought you to church today?
What’s the purpose of your job that you go to every weekday?
We know what the purpose of our Vacuum cleaners, our coffee makers, our VCR’s, We
know what the purpose of Pizza Hut, Wal-Mart’s, and Jiffy Lube. We have all those
things figured out don’t we?
I wonder...... Do you know what your Purpose is? Teenager, adults, do you know why
you have been created and are now living on Planet Earth? Is it a mystery?
I would suggest to you that for many people today, and for many Born Again Christians....
this idea of truly understanding what their purpose in life is...... Is still a mystery.
Have you ever found a gadget in your closet or in a drawer in your home, and you have no
idea what it is for? Isn’t that frustrating? That kind of thing drives me crazy, because I
know I probably lost it, and now I have found it, but now I can’t remember what it goes
too. THAT’S FRUSTRATION.
Can I tell you a secret? That’s how alot of people feel today. That’s how alot of
Christians live their lives. Utter Frustration. Knowing that there is something better, that
there really is a purpose, but the truth is they haven’t found it, or they can’t figure out how
to carry that purpose out in their lives.
One Professor said to us in college that the root of Frustration is Unmet Expectations. I
believe that was in a marriage counseling class. People are living with this huge mountain
of frustration in their lives because they have certain expectations of what their lives are
supposed to be like, what their marriage is supposed to be like, what their family life is
supposed to be like, what their church should be like.... YET, what they realize is that
reality is so much different than their expectations...... That breeds frustrations.
Friends, Do you know what the purpose of your life is? If you don’t really know what the
purpose of your life is, yet you know God has a purpose for you..... then your probably
like many people today.... a little frustrated. This frustration has no time limit on it... you
can be retired and still struggle with this..... But I want to tell you, WE CAN KNOW
GOD’S PURPOSE FOR OUR LIVES..... AND WE CAN KNOW GOD’S PURPOSE
FOR OUR CHRUCH..... WE DON’T HAVE TO LIVE IN FRUSTRATION... AREN’T
There’s another aspect to this that is just as important, and it’s what God has been leaning
heavy on me about. Many people know what God’s purpose is for their lives.... BUT,
they have allowed that purpose to become blurred, and almost out of sight.
How does that happen? My purpose is to Preach the Word of God, to lead this
church by loving you just as Christ loved the church, and to be focused on allowing Christ
to shine through me.
Do we wake up one morning and just decide to be unchristlike.... of coarse not.
What gets many of us off the mark is allowing many good things to take the place of the
best that God has for us. I might be doing 10 good things for the glory of God, but if
those 10 good things are pushing aside the 1 Purpose that God has for me..... then I’m in
error, and I have allowed my focus to be blurred.... Satan loves to offer good things to do
so we will get off God’s agenda.
When you know your purpose, then you can know what you have to focus on, and
you will also know what you will have to say “no” too, even if it’s good.
God has made it very clear to me that I must be Purpose driven for Him, Focused on His
call on my life, and all those other things.... He will provide for those other good things.
How about you? Where do you fit this morning? Do you know what’s God’s Purpose is
for you? Have you allowed the business, the distractions of life to take you away from His
best for your life?
I have Good News for You..... I love preaching the Good News, because It’s life
Changing when the Holy Spirit begins to open up our eyes to His Truth.... Today can be a