“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,”
Is it really possible to know precisely what God wants us to do with our lives? Is it really possible for a person to live their life on purpose? The goal of our lesson tonight is to help you uncover the core of both God’s identity and yours.
A Biblical Foundation for Living on Purpose: Ephesians 2:10
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
1. We all have been given a specific purpose for our lives.
2. We are most fulfilled when we are fulfilling our purpose.
3. Not everyone uncovers their God-given purpose.
4. Our purpose is built from our personal inward make-up.
5. We will be judged on our obedience to our God-given calling in life.
Scriptural Examples of How God Reveals His Purpose:
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
1. Thunderbolt Call . (Paul)
2. Walking through open doors . (Esther)
3. Call from birth . (Jeremiah)
4. Growing awareness. (Joseph)
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“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”John 17:4
Understanding Your Life-Purpose: Colossians 3:23-24
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
1. Natural talents .
2. Spiritual gifts . Romans 12
3. Inward desires .
4. Results and fruit .
5. Affirmation and recognition.
6. Burdens and convictions .
7. Fulfillment and satisfaction .
8. Circumstances and opportunity .
Guidelines for Linking Your Purpose With God’s: Mark 8:35
“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
Your purpose should . . .
1. Begin with God’s priorities .
2. Revolve around your own identity .
3. Include others .
4. Contains life-changing convictions.
5. Be bigger than yourself.
6. Have eternal value.
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1
Putting Your Purpose into Practice in the Day-to-Day Grind:
1. Set aside time for contemplation .
2. Participate in a small group .
3. Consider your vocational calling an opportunity for ministry .
4. Celebrate with family and friends in weekly worship.
Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.@ Psalm 100:2