A LIFE OF PURPOSE
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Where there is no vision, the people perish . . . .
One of the best gifts of life is having clarity of vision and purpose. The Hebrew word for “vision” is Chazown (khaw-zone’). It means a dream, revelation, or vision.
- A vision for life will bring focus.
- A vision for life will bring endurance.
- A vision for life will bring fulfillment.
WHERE DOES PURPOSE COME FROM?
Ephesians 1:11 (Message) It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for . . . part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
Your purpose will begin to emerge as you start discovering who
you are in Christ Jesus.
I HAVE DECIDED TO DRAW MY IDENTITY FROM JESUS
This world gives three main determinisms for identity:
- Genetic Determinism
- Environmental Determinism
- Psychic Determinism
Decide to let God determine our identity and purpose.
1 Peter 4:7-10 (NIV) The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
God’s purpose for your life has to do with people. So our decisions concerning relationships become very important.
Proverbs 27:19 (TLB) A mirror reflects a man’s face but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.
- I have decided to nurture important relationships. Every
great relationship happens on purpose, not by accident.
Colossians 2:19 (NIV) . . . the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews.
- I have decided to restore broken relationships. The pain of an unresolved conflict is greater than the pain of resolving it.
Romans 12:17-18 (NIV) Do not repay anyone evil for evil . . . If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
- I have decided to sever harmful relationships.
Proverbs 13:20 (NIV) He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
- I have decided to initiate meaningful relationships.
Hebrews 10:25 (NIV) Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Initiate relationships with:
- A church
- A small group
- A dream team