TEXT: Acts 13:36, John 18:37, 1 John 3:8
WHAT IS PURPOSE?
This is one of the most important questions anyone could ask and getting an answer to it is one of life’s biggest achievements. Purpose is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. A purpose driven life is living for the reason you were created. Making the reason you were created an obsession.
The Bible is filled with men and women who achieved great feats. They were men and women who were purpose driven. David is a good example of a man who served God’s purpose (Acts 13:36a), Joseph in Genesis 45:5-8, Moses in Exodus 3:5-11; and Jesus also was seen as one who came to fulfill purpose (read Hebrews 10:47 and Psalms 40:7). From the very beginning of the life of Jesus, purpose was the driving force behind his steps and actions.
“What is life’s greatest fear?” someone asked, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death but a life without purpose” (Myles Monroe).
People have all kinds of fear (phobia). Mental experts say that almost everyone has some type of phobia such as monophobia- fear of loneliness/being alone, hemophobia- fear of blood, acrophobia-fear of heights and agoraphobia-fear of travel. But experts say the most voiced of fears is – to come to life’s end without having a significant difference. Atychiphobia- fear of failure. But God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear but of love, of power and of a sound mind.
To live a life driven by purpose and to come to the end of life with significant difference, some factors must be considered, these include – God and Humanity.
- It all starts with God (Colosians 1:16, Proverbs 11:28 MSG)
- It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than anything you can think of. To know why you are created, it must begin with God not you. The manufacturer of a product determines its purpose not the product (Acts 17:28). We exist because of Him.
Some of the benefits of purpose driven living are:
- Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life. When life has meaning you can bear almost anything. Without God life has no purpose, without purpose life has no meaning. Without meaning life has no significance
- Knowing your purpose simplifies your life. (Matthew 11:28-30, John 4:34). It defines what you do and what you don’t do. Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate all your activities. Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on what you base decisions, allocate your time and use your resources
- Knowing your purposes focuses your life (Matthew 16:2023, Luke 9:51). It removes distractions. Today’s world is filled with distractions, so knowing your purpose separates you and gives you focus. Focus is power.
You will do exploits.