MEMORY VERSE: “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” Col. 1:16
BIBLE PASSAGE: Ephesians 1:3-14
INTRODUCTION: A purpose-driven life is one that sets out to identify and fulfill the purpose of existence. Ignorance of your purpose of existence can make you waste Heaven’s allocated resources. God allocates resources to individuals according to His mandate. Events, situations, circumstances, tests and trials come to you according to the purpose of your existence – Rom.8:28.
HOW CAN YOU LIVE A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE?
a.) By worshipping God. Worship is our first responsibility to God. We worship God by enjoying Him. God wants our worship to be motivated by love, thanksgiving and delight, not duty – Ps.66:4; Rev.4:11; Eph.1:5.
b.) By loving other believers. When you were born again, you became a part of God’s family. Following Christ is not just a matter of believing but also includes belonging and learning to love the family of God. 1 Jn.3:14; Rom.15:7; Jn.13:34-35.
c.) By becoming like Christ. Once we are born into God’s family, He wants us to grow to spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity is becoming like Jesus in the way we think, feel and act. The more you develop Christ-like characters, the more you live a purposeful life that brings glory to God. 2 Cor.3:18; Phil.1:11; Jn.15:8; 1 Jn.3:2.
d.) By serving others with your gifts. Each of us was uniquely designed by God with talents, gifts, skills and abilities – Matt.25:14-30. Such talents and abilities were given to benefit others just as others were given abilities for your benefit – 1 Pt.4:10-11; Eph.2:10.
e.) By telling others about Jesus. God does not want His love and purpose kept a secret. Once we know the truth, God expects us to share it with others, which will help them to discover their purpose and prepare them for their eternal destiny. Matt.28:18-20; Mk.16:15-18; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor.4:15; Jn.17:8.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LIVING A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE?
i. It gives meaning to your life. We were made to have meaning. Without God, life has no purpose and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope – Jer.29:11; Eph.3:20.
ii. It simplifies your life. It defines what you do and what you do not do. Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which are not – Prov.13:7; Isa.26:3.
iii. It focuses your life. It concentrates your efforts and energy on what is important. You become effective by being selective. Without a clear purpose, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches or other externals – Eph.5:17. Apostle Paul almost single-handedly spread Christianity through the Roman Empire. His secret was a focused life – Phil.3:13; Phil.3:15.
iv. It motivates your life. Purpose always produces passion and passion dissipates when you lack purpose. Nothing energises like a clear purpose – Phil.3:10-12.
v. It prepares you for eternity. What ultimately matters most is what God says about you. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy because you are put here on earth to prepare for eternity – Rom.14:10b; Rom.4:12; Rev.22:12.
A purpose-driven life is fulfilling your divine purpose of existence and to answer two questions from your Creator. What did you do with Jesus Christ? What did you do with what He gave you?
Pastor E.A. Adeboye
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