Summary: (PowerPoint Slides and Cell Study Notes freely available by emailing Emile@Wolfaardt.com) Finding God’s purpose and living to fulfill it - starting where you are with what you are doing....
Series - "Living Life to the Full"
Living with Purpose on Purpose (LTF-04)
There is an abundance, these days, of pop-psychologists hawking their self-help seminars on the sidewalks of almost every sphere of life. Gurus of every ilk flood the internet selling their secret formulas and magic juices for a more successful and more fulfilling existence. And there is, of course, no shortage of needy and sometimes very successful people in the market willing to part with their hard earned money to gain the insights that are being peddled.
This is because seeking fulfillment in life is almost a universal phenomenon. And the primary problem stems from the fact that while most everybody knows when they were born, very few know why they were born - and so they are searching for meaning. Your alarm clock could tell you what time to wake up in the morning, but it cannot tell you ‘why’ to wake up in the morning.
Even in a meeting like this, if I had to ask by show of hands how many people believe that God has a purpose for their lives, almost every hand would be raised. Yet if I had to ask how many know their God-given life-purpose, conspicuously few would remain in the air. Most people are living life without knowing what their purpose is. Nevertheless, they yearn to live meaningful lives.
Well this morning as we pick up our series, "Living Life to the Full" I want to talk with you about "Living Life With Purpose, On Purpose." Please open your Bibles with me to the book of Ephesians and the first chapter.
While you are turning there may I suggest that one of satan’s most powerful lies is to tell you that God does not or no longer has a purpose for your life, or that you cannot know that purpose. You are here by chance. Your existence is random. You see, the truth is that until I find my God-given purpose, my life tends to be driven by self-preservation and self-promotion. In other words, I become my agenda. But when I discover God’s purpose for my life I find something that is greater than I am, and for that I am willing to give, spend or live my life. Then, instead of living the frustration and futility of a driven life I am released into the fulfillment and rewards of a called life.
Thomas Carlyle wrote, "A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - a waif, a nothing, a no man."
Ephesians 1:9-12 - Read - Pray
1. Everything Has Purpose
Everything God ever created He created on purpose, with purpose.
Purpose Precedes Creation. Everything in life begins and ends with purpose.
"Everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him." Colossians 1:16b (Msg)
So what is your purpose? You purpose, the reason you were created was for the pleasure of God - you were created to bring God happiness.
Let me tell you from the Word of God - and I love the way the Authorized version renders this - you can find it in Revelation 4:11 ". . . Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure, they are and were created."
God decided to create something that was fun, that would give Him pleasure, that would satisfy Him deep inside - and do you know what that was precious believer - that was you? Now somebody shout hallelujah.