Summary: A PURPOSE WILL: ❶ Motivate you ❷ Keep your priorities straight ❸ Develop your potential ❹ Give you ability to live in the present ❺ Help you evaluate your progress
2 Timothy 4:6-8KJVFor I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Proverbs 2:6KJVFor the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:8-9KJVHe keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. 9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity (fair); yea, every good path.
- Is Purpose of life important?
- It is for Daniel
Paul might have been forgiven had he chosen to take a little sabbatical as he sat in prison, awaiting his trial.
- He used even this opportunity to advance the gospel.
- He never drifted from his mission.
- He determined to leave his mark wherever he went.
How did Paul’s sense of purpose keep him in the battle as he sat in prison?
What was he thinking behind bars?
A PURPOSE WILL:
❶ Motivate you. – 3:8
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
❷ Keep your priorities straight. – 2:21, 1:20-21, 2:11-15
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
❸ Develop your potential – 4:13
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
❹ Give you ability to live in the present – 1:6, 4:11-12
❺ Help you evaluate your progress – 3:13-14