Summary: Using the illustration of an Archer taking gnarly wood to make a championship arrow, we discuss purpose in and for life. It is not the wood that matters, but the skill of the Master Arrow Maker.
The Archer and His Arrows
PPT 1 Series Title Bow and Arrows
PPT 2 Today's message title
We are starting a series of messages on Bow and Arrows.
We will look at several different archers: God, man, satan. We will talk about the arrow making process and the purpose of arrows, and we will use these natural things to teach spiritual truths. Today we will talk about the archer and his arrows, and will talk about the role of the Great Archer, purpose, and hitting life's mark.
PPT 3 Text
Ro 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to [His] purpose.
Ro 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined [to become] conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren;
Without God there is no purpose in life you are just a random mutation. You have no more meaning than a rock, you are no better than a blade of grass, just smarter.
The biblical view of life is radically different and exponentially more fulfilling than that. We were created for a purpose, there is a reason for our existence.
More properly we are a complexity created for many purposes.
Rick Warren in his best selling book, "The Purpose Driven Life," lists 5 reasons or purposes for which we were made, the 5th one he discusses is that we were made for a mission. Today I want to tie that thought into our series on arrows with this simple linking thought. Arrows are made for a mission. They are made for the purpose to which the archer intends them.
Our first text for today says that God calls people according to His purpose. For a plan for them that He has in mind. For His reasons. For His goals. To complete His overall scheme. To fulfill His desire. Not only does He call people for His purpose, but before they were born He made plans to see to it that they came in to alignment with that purpose.
Let me illustrate it this way, I have here a 30 minute sand time. Can this timer decide it wants to be a piano? It can, but it would be fighting the nature God put in it. Because no matter how much it wants to be a piano, it was never fashioned for that purpose. It will never be truly happy trying to be something it wasn't made to be.
PPT 4 Text
2Ti 1:9 who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, (KJV)
Your purpose is identified here as a holy calling, think about that! And it is based not on your abilities, but on the purpose and sovereign decisions God made from all eternity. We exist for the reasons He has decided.
The arrow exists for the archer, the archer doesn't exist for the arrow.
Said another way, we exist to fulfill His desires, He doesn't exist to fulfill ours. Illustrate with a phone. I don't exist to do what the phone wants, the phone exists to do what I want. If you get that mixed up, and many people do, you will find life is very frustrating. A lot of people think God exists to serve them and make them happy. He doesn't, but if you fulfill your purpose, you will find life is much more enjoyable.