Summary: You were created to become like Christ

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Sunday, May 16, 2004

Welcome back to the 4th week of 40 Days of Purpose where we have taken 40 days out of our schedule and set them aside as a church and as individuals to discover the answer to the question “What on Earth are we here for?” How are we going to spend the rest of the 25,510 days of our lives?

So far what have we learned? We have learned that the key to life is that life is not about us, it’s about God. We were created for God and we were created by God. We were created for His purposes out of His love. Secondly, we have learned that we were planned for God’s pleasure and what brings God pleasure we call worship. Worship is anything that puts a smile on God’s face which includes corporate praise, how we live our lives, acts of obedience, how we conduct ourselves in the workplace and a lot of other different avenues for pleasing God.

We learned also that we were formed for God’s family. God loves us and he wants us to love what he loves, and God loves people. God loves the church and, in fact, he has died for the church. We were never meant to live life alone and on our own. We were intended for fellowship; fellowship takes time to develop - friendships take time. If we want to fulfill God’s purposes in our life and discover the fullness of his life in us, we need to accomplish his purposes.

Where do we get this stuff? We get this stuff from the owner’s manual and this is our owner’s manual [holding Bible] that God has provided for us so we can discover why we were created and how we work.

Recently I read an article in the Wall Street Journal which reminded me of the importance of reading the instruction book. Alan Smith wrote it. If you are technologically challenged, you’ll be able to sympathize with some of the problems below. The following is an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal:

• Compaq is considering changing the command “press any key” to “press return key” because of the flood of calls asking where is the “any” key.

• A Dell technician advises his customer to put his troubled floppy back into the drive and close the door. The customer asked the tech to hold on and was heard putting the phone down, getting up and crossing the room to close the door to his room.

• An IBM customer had troubles installing software and rang for support. I put in the first disk and that was okay. It said to put in the second disk and I had some problems with that. When it said to put the third disk in, I couldn’t even fit it in. The user hadn’t realized that insert disk two meant to remove disk one first.

• Another Dell customer called to say he couldn’t get his computer to fax anything. After 40 minutes of troubleshooting the technician discovered the man was trying to fax a piece of paper by holding it in front of the monitor screen and hitting the send key.

• A confused caller to IBM was having trouble printing documents. He told the technician that the computer had said it couldn’t find the printer. The user had also turned the computer screen to face the printer but his computer still couldn’t see the printer.

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