Friday, 18 February 2011

Finding Your Purpose As A Christian

You are not an accident! God has designs on your life! He has given you gifts, abilities, talents, and resources to contribute in a unique way to His Mission for planet earth! He will go to extrordinary lengths to prepare you because He has called you according to His ultimate purpose.
Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
And no matter what individual purpose He assigns to you, you can be assured based on His Word, that your purpose will mesh with His purpose- the local church, God's gift of hope to the world.
making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in ChristEphesians 1:9
None of us are saved just to go to heaven! No, God has a purpose for each of us that in some way results in Christ's Church being blessed.
who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
2Tim. 1:9
By serving in our local church we offer God our lives to be directed into His purpose for us (Eph. 1:11). Paul teaches on this in his epistle to the Ephesians where he repeatedly refers to the Church as the purpose of God which Christ came to establish for those He redeemed.
This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Ephesians 3:11
For some of us this purpose will be realised working not just in the church, but for the church. But for most us this purpose will be realised outside of the church in the market-place, in the academy, on the sporting field, in the factory, in the supermarket, in the family home. Yet, it is our connection to the purpose of God, the Church, that helps us to prioritize our lives according to God's purpose. We surrender our lives to God and His Church and prayerfully seek for Him to use us however He sees fit. We then give ourselves with our whole heart to whatever task God puts before us. For many, if not all of us, the things we learn and develop while serving in our local church actually add to our lives those things that God has decreed are needed in order for us to achieve our unique purpose. If you want real purpose for your life, give your life afresh to God and ask Him to direct you into service in the local church which best suits the gifts, talents, abiities, and resources He has given you. You'll find this kind of service is actually real leadership and the type of leadership that the world desperately needs right now.
Father, help us to find our unique purpose as we first give ourselves to Your Great Purpose: The Church. Cause us to grow in what we offer You. May we multiply the value of Your Kingdom and see many souls saved, many souls refreshed, and many souls strengthened because of how You use us. For Your glory, we pray, Amen.
Eph. 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ps. Andrew

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