Doors: The Door of Purpose

16 Jul

This is probably one of the best messages I have ever heard on purpose. Here is our pastor with his weekly message notes.

DOORS: The Door of Purpose
Have you ever asked yourself the questions, “Why am I alive?” or “What it my purpose?” If you think about it, these are kind of hard questions to answer. Most people never really think about purpose, and they don’t ever really answer these questions.

In his book, The Pursuit of Purpose, Myles Munroe says, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without reason. It is dangerous to be alive and not know why you were given life.” That’s so true isn’t it? At some point, because we didn’t know why we were given life, most of us just started doing life without any sense of direction or purpose. And, as a result, we started making a real mess of our lives and those of others.

But God created us with a purpose. Paul writes, “Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, [God] had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by His love.”(Eph.1:4, The Message) Simply put, the reason you’re alive is: God is love and you are an object of His love – He created you in order to love you.

Yet, so many people miss God’s purpose for their lives because they reject His love. They just don’t have an understanding about the depth and nature of God’s love. Instead, they search for love in other things – other people, sex, drugs, work, etc. That is just what Satan wants. He works to separate us from God’s love and His purposes for our lives. The devil’s number one tactic is to get us to doubt God’s love for us. So, when bad things happen, Satan suggests that we ask, “Why did You do this to me, God?” as if God Himself was causing evil. But God is not evil and cannot do evil. He is love. And although He does allow us to go through difficulty, He does so in love, knowing that He will turn all things to good. And He doesn’t just let us go through difficulty alone; He loves us through the difficulty.

People have such a tendency to think negatively about God – that He is disappointed with us or mad at us – but it’s simply not true. The Bible says that God loves us in spite of our faults, in the midst of our faults. No matter what happens, or what we do, He never stops loving us. It is in recognizing this – that God’s love is unconditional and secure – that we began to turn to Him in trust, which then causes us to make decisions that are in accord with His purpose. So, in order to find and walk in your purpose, you have to understand that God loves you, and trust that He has a better plan for your life than you do – a plan that involves something for you to do in this life that only you can do.

“So,” you ask, “how can I find out what that is?” The answer is this: “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone.” (Eph.1:11-12, The Message, emphasis added) Your purpose can only be found in Christ, your Creator. You will never find your purpose outside of Him. You will not find it if you look to any other thing, person, philosophy or religion.

Practically, the process of finding your purpose begins with reading and meditating on God’s Word. You will never find your purpose in novels, self-help books, television, etc. You’ve got to feed your spirit in God’s Word. You also need to be in His presence, and that means prayer. As you pray, remember that prayer is a two-way conversation, not a one-way monologue. Don’t just tell God everything you need and want, but ask Him questions, and then spend time listening! Then, as He begins to speak to you through His Word and in your spirit, act on what He tells you to do. When you do so, you can be assured that you are walking in your true purpose. And that is where power, life and blessing are found.

Now, isn’t that the kind of life you want – one that is full of significance and purpose? Then I encourage you to focus on God’s love, go through the process of discovery, and walk through the Door of Purpose!

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