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What I really need is ...Purpose

Ephesians 1:9-12

Introduction-

We have looked for several weeks at a series.. God, what I really need is...

We have looked at:

God and Spiritual Growth.

Understanding the mind of God.

Security we have in Jesus Christ.

This morning, our Purpose

Again, I do not claim to be an expert, but the Word of God tells us of not only knowing our purpose, but also how we can fulfill our purpose.

Ephesians 1:9-12 Read.

These three verses tell us a lot.

The mystery’s of God will be found in Jesus Christ.

That He predestined from the beginning of time that all would find Jesus Christ as savior.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever will believe in Him shall nor perish, but have everlasting life.”

That as savior of our lives- he wants to work out the will and purpose for our lives.

Do you...Got Purpose?

I talked on Wednesday night at Bible study, I asked the question:

What legacy are you going to leave behind?

What are you doing now, that will be remembered when you are gone?

What is your purpose? What prize are you chasing?

So many people exist, they are not living They have no direction for tomorrow because they cannot handle today.

I can understand it easier with a person who does not know Christ. They have not grasped the concept that the God of the universe has a purpose for every single person.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

what we do after we are saved.

This comes after a salvation verse: to do good, accomplish the things that would build the Kingdom.

Listen:

living life with purpose is done on purpose. (Repeat)

you cannot find purpose until you know who you are in Jesus Christ.

You will never find God’s purpose outside of God’s will.

What is your purpose?

1. Glorify God- praise and lift up the name of Jesus. Be a testimony of what he has done in your life.

2. Love God- “Thou shall love the Lord God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind”.

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds.”

3. Serve God- “Whatever we do, we are to do it as unto the Lord.”

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us:

To everything there is a season, a time to plant, a time to harvest, a time for peace], a time for war, a time to be born, and a time to die.

It is our journey. Point A to point B.

It’s that time we find purpose by;

Glorifying God

Loving God

Serving God... that is our purpose.‘

Here we go

I. Every person has purpose

Inside of each one of us is a desire to be significant. We want to make a difference.

Howard Hendricks:

“I’ve never met a Christian who planned to have a mediocre life. But I have met plenty of mediocre Christians.”

The founder of Apple computer once asked John Scully, the president of Pepsi, while trying to get him away from Pepsi, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want to change the world”?

God is asking the same question. Do you want to live a mediocre, non eventful life or do you want to make a difference for the kingdom of God?

God has saved you That is a miracle in itself

God says each of us has a purpose- that tells us how important we are to God Almighty

Apostle Paul calls this journey running a race, the goal being to finish the race strong.

Many of us are running a race, but it is a survival race. We cannot see the finish line, let alone trying to finish strong. Running to win only makes sense if we are chasing the right prize. (Repeat)

living life with purpose - comes to us on purpose, not relying on dumb luck.

Winning the prize at the end of the race only matters if we are running for the right prize.

Josh and I were having some fun with my fish in my office. We set a red laser dot moving in the tank, and that fish went chasing after it. Because that fish was moving, doesn’t mean he had purpose. Motion is no substitute for direction.

Remember last week, you have a point of view, God has the whole view.

Your are one piece in the puzzle, wait till you see more of the picture.

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