Lately I have been thinking a lot about purpose.
Purpose by definition involves persistence, devotion, to an idea, a principal. An objective with goal in mind.
Specifically I have been thinking about my purpose. What objective am I persistently devoted to, and what is my goal in life?
Thoughts like these lead to the fundamental questions, “Who am I”, Why am I here” What is my purpose.
You know life’s “big questions.” How you answer them determines how you see the world and how you treat the world.

I know I am called to be a Christian, a follower of Christ ( I need to add a disclaimer here that being Christ like and a follower of Christ is a daily battle with my un-Christlike self)
That answers the “who am I” question.

If my goal is to follow Him, to imitate Him, then I need to see the world through His eyes, treat people like He would treat them.
This in turn answers “why am I here”.
All that remains then is “what is my purpose”?
What am I to do?
How do I do it?

As I was thinking through this I made a list of all the things that define purpose in my life.
I am a husband, father, grandfather, friend, co-worker, servant in my church, leader in ministry.
But what is my aim, what is the main purpose in the lives and arenas God has placed me?
And how do I fulfill that purpose?
Do I truly see through Jesus’s eyes, do I treat people as He would?
How do I avoid getting so caught up in the functions of the purpose, that I forget the purpose?
Someone once said ” we are created by God, for God” Another said “In Him we live and move and have our being” The idea would be since we are made for God, by God and everything we do or will be is because of Him, so our very lives all we do should bring  worship and honor to Him. This passage of scripture in Romans 12:1-2  gives instruction on how this is done.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it”.  The Message

Our purpose should be fixed, centered focused on one thing only. The desire of God’s heart. Working through to Him get His family back, letting the prodigals know they can come home.
I see a picture of this in a great celebration taking place in Revelations. The redeemed from all generations, from every nation, kindred, tribe and place gathered in the family reunion of all family reunions. God wants us to be a part of the preparations for that time to come, that is in fact already underway. Our purpose is to be the deliverers of this good news.

Welcome home there is a place for you!

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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1 Response to Purpose

  1. ptl2010 says:

    We must
    – be in Christ
    – be like Christ
    – do like Christ
    – win others like Christ
    – be ready to meet Him in the sky
    – be with Christ forevermore.

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