Thursday 23rd March 2017
Today, in our Daily Devotions we complete the Purpose Driven Life. These devotions have been adapted from the Purpose Driven Life Book by Rick Warren. The Book is available from all good book shops and I would encourage you to read it in full if you want to live a purpose driven life.
Living with Purpose
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. PROVERBS 19:21 (NIV)
For David … served the purpose of God in his own generation. ACTS 13:36 (NASB)
LIVING ON PURPOSE IS THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY LIVE.
EVERYTHING else is just existing. Most people struggle with three basic issues in life. The first is identity: “Who am I?” The second is importance: “Do I matter?” The third is impact: “What is my place in life?” The answers to all three questions are found in God’s five purposes for you.
In the Upper Room, as Jesus was concluding his last day of ministry with his disciples, he washed their feet as an example and said, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” Once you know what God wants you to do, the blessing comes in actually doing it. As we come to the end of our forty-day journey together, now that you know God’s purposes for your life, you will be blessed if you do them! This probably means you will have to stop doing some other things. There are many “good” things you can do with your life, but God’s purposes are the five essentials you must do. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get distracted and forget what is most important. It’s easy to drift away from what matters most and slowly get off course. To prevent this, you should develop a purpose statement for your life and then review it regularly.
About thirty years ago, I noticed a little phrase in Acts 13:36 that forever altered the direction of my life. It was only seven words but, like the stamp of a searing hot branding iron, my life was permanently marked by these words: “David served God’s purpose in his generation.”
Now I understood why God called David “a man after my own heart.” David dedicated his life to fulfilling God’s purposes on earth. There is no greater epitaph than that statement! Imagine it chiseled on your tombstone: That you served God’s purpose in your generation. My prayer is that people will be able to say that about me when I die. It is also my prayer that people will say it about you, too. This phrase is the ultimate definition of a life well lived. You do the eternal and timeless (God’s purpose) in a contemporary and timely way (in your generation). That is what the purpose-driven life is all about. Neither past nor future generations can serve God’s purpose in this generation. Only we can.
Like Esther, God created you “for such a time as this.” God is still looking for people to use. The Bible says, “The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” Will you be a person God can use for his purposes? Will you serve God’s purpose in your generation? Paul lived a purpose-driven life. He said, “I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step.” His only reason for living was to fulfill the purposes God had for him. He said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Paul was not afraid of either living or dying. Either way, he would fulfill God’s purposes. He couldn’t lose!
One day history will come to a close, but eternity will go on forever. William Carey said, “The future is as bright as the promises of God.” When fulfilling your purposes seems tough, don’t give in to discouragement. Remember your reward, which will last forever. The Bible says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Imagine what it is going to be like one day, with all of us standing before the throne of God presenting our lives in deep gratitude and praise to Christ. Together we will say, “Worthy, Oh Master! Yes, our God! Take the glory! the honor! the power! You created it all; It was created because you wanted it!”
We will praise him for his plan and live for his purposes forever!
I hope you have enjoyed this series. Please let us have any feedback or comments that we can pass on to inspire others. This Sunday, we conclude our series called BELONG as we look at being generous and the principles of giving in God’s family. Our Daily Devotions will continue from Monday of next week.
Have a great day
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church