This morning, I want to talk to you about How to Find Your Purpose?
David said,“Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more. Psalms 39: 4 (TLB)
1. You Will Find Your Purpose by Encountering Christ.
“You will find life’s ultimate purpose by experiencing God. Encountering Christ is the bedrock of life with a purpose!
2. You Will Find your Purpose by Knowing the Word of God.
“Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. (2 Tim 3: 16 MSG)
You will find life’s purpose by knowing the Creator’s manual-the Bible. You will never know the purpose of your life if you do not read, hear, study, and know the Word of God.
I recommend you to read or re-read The Purpose Driven Life (PDL) by Pastor Rick Warren. PDL summarized God’s purposes found in the Bible into five. It’s got 40 lessons to be read for 40 days; 1 lesson a day. The Five Purposes are as follows:
(1) You were Planned for God’s Pleasure.
(2) You were Formed for God’s Family.
(3) You were Created to Become Like Christ.
(4) You were Shaped for Serving God.
(5) You were Made for a Mission.
3. You Will Find Your Purpose by Ministering in the area of your Giftedness.
List of Spiritual gift in the Bible: I cor. 12: 1-31; Roman 12: 6-8; Ephesians 4: 11-16
You are commanded to serve by using what you have. The second Great Commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. This describes ministry or service we do for others. is anything you do for others.
Read Day 30-32 in PDL to learn about your SHAPE.
Sometimes, the best way to find your purpose and passion is to stop looking and start doing. Just do it. Start serving. Start doing what you love to do.
4. You Will Find Your Purpose by Joining Christ’s mission in the world.
God wants you to join Him in fulfilling His purpose for the others and He wants to use you!
In order to find God’s purpose you must have a purpose greater than yourself! Get God’s vision. Dream a dream greater than yours. If you don’t have one, partner with others who have greater dreams and help fulfill that dream for God’s glory.
All four is important but the rest is meaningless without the first. Encountering Christ is the greatest one of all. It’s possible to know the Bible and not be saved. You can use your all your gift, do humanitarian works and still not be saved. It’s also possible to be pastor and still not be saved.
Questions for Personal Reflection:
1. Have I encountered Christ and experienced His love and forgiveness?
2. Have I trusted Him alone for my salvation?
3. Have I found my purpose for living?
Next Week we will look at How to Live our Purpose. Here is the link to the outline on Living My Purpose