Foundations Part 6

Purpose.

 

What does God want me to do with my life?

Many people get consumed and confused with finding God's purpose for their lives, but it's not something that God has hidden from us.

Questions such as "what job does God want me to do?" and "where does God want me to live?" are often the result of an unfounded fear that we may step out of God's will if we choose the wrong career or place to live!  We are called to be salt and light wherever we are and whatever job we end up doing.

 

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

Matthew 5:13-14 (Message)

 

God is more concerned about WHO you are becoming than WHAT job you choose.

Instead of trying to find out God’s purpose and plan for your life, align your life with God’s purpose and plans.

 

Ambassadors.

We are Christ's ambassadors, representing Him in our world.

 

"We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God."

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (NIV)

 

Equipped for purpose.

God has gifted us all uniquely.

 

"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines."

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

 

"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

Romans 12:6-8

 

Empowered for purpose.

God has empowered us by the Holy Spirit.

 

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8 (NIV)

 

On Mission.

Make disciples baptising & teaching them.

 

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"

Matthew 28:19 (ESV)

 

 

Questions.

Ask yourself these simple questions to help you discover more about your purpose in life. 

What makes you sing?

What makes you cry?

What makes you frustrated?

What makes you dream?

 

Keep moving forward.

God doesn't want you to be stagnant;- afraid to make a move;  fearful of stepping forward in case you get it wrong. Throughout the Bible people moved in faith, made decisions and took risks. For example, in Genesis 13:6-9 we read about Abraham - he wasn't concerned which direction he would take as he knew God would be with him either way. Also in Acts 16:6-10 we can see how the apostle Paul simply got on with the purposes of God and then God directed him.

 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

 

Go for it, live free and live life to the full.

 

"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

John 10:10 (NIV)

 

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free."

Galatians 5:1 (NIV)