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Sunday January 22nd
What's My Purpose

Welcome everyone, I'm Pastor Ben of the Journey Church.

I’m excited about the focus for 2023, being faithful. Living dissatisfied, not being okay with where I’m at spiritually. Wanting more of God in my life, wanting to know what God’s plan and purpose for my life really is. According to an article I read, the most puzzling question people have, the one that stresses them out the most is “what is my purpose in life”? Why am I here? Maybe you’re going through life unfulfilled, unfocused, searching for meaning, but nothing fills the void. What’s missing? What’s the point of it all?

 

To find real meaning in life, we need to know Who made us and why. All life begins with God, who designed each of us in His likeness.

 

Genesis 1:27 NKJ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

 

We were created by God to be like Him and to have a relationship with Him. The problem seems to be, instead of loving Him, we have chosen to love ourselves more. Instead of serving Him, we choose to serve ourselves. Until we put Him first and restore that relationship, we will never know or find our true purpose in life.

There is a God shaped hole in all of us and no matter what we have or accomplish, there will still be an emptiness or void, without God. God has a plan in mind for all of us. God is the only one who can and will make us complete. God holds the answer to the question “what is my purpose”.

 

Since the beginning of time, philosophers and ordinary people have been searching for the idea of a “life purpose.” In the simplest terms, a life purpose is your reason or reasons for getting up in the morning. What gets you fired up, what gets you excited for another day? True purpose can guide your decisions. It will influence your behavior and your attitude. Purpose will help you prioritize goals and make room for what really matters. Purpose can offer a sense of direction and create meaning.

 

For some people, purpose is connected to their jobs, meaningful, satisfying work. For others it can be family, hobbies or other passions. No matter how you look at purpose, purpose makes every day more significant. Purpose allows us to put our energy into something bigger than just ourselves.

 

Let’s see what the Bible has to say about our purpose, why we were created. Let’s start with

 

Colossians 1:16 NIV  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

 

We were created for His pleasure and in His image or likeness.  We were created to be mirrors of God’s glory, one-of-a-kind mirrors that reflect the many aspects of His nature. A mirror serves no other purpose than to reflect something else. A mirror is useless if it’s covered in mud. When you get out of a hot shower and you stand in front of a fogged up mirror, what do you do? Oh, I look fine, I don’t need a mirror,  ( at least for my hair), most people are wiping the mirror off even before they dry themselves, why? They want to see their reflection.

 

When we allow sin to cover us and we turn away from God, we are not living out the purpose He created us for. Is our God mirror dirty, fogged up or maybe even broken? Before I go any further, I would like to make a bold statement. If you don’t believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God, then you will have a difficult time with this message or any message spoken at the Journey Church, because the only message Pastor Paris and I speak comes directly out of the Bible.

 

The word infallible means: incapable of error, not liable to mislead, deceive, or disappoint, it’s certain. It's not our ideas or what we think, it’s what the Word of God says, and we believe it, 100%. It’s not a book that we go to and cherry pick passages to conform to our ideas. It’s the Book we go to, so that the Word will guide and transform us, it will change us if we allow it to change us.

 

I would like to give you four purposes for which God created you. There are many, but I believe these four are a good foundation to find purpose.

 

God created you to know Him.

I’m not just talking about knowing who God is, I’m talking about knowing Him, intimately.

 

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

 

Jesus prays to God the Father and reveals His mission to restore people to their proper relationship to God. Jesus tells us that He came to reconcile a broken relationship. He came to bring eternal life to us who were under a sentence of eternal death.

Do you know Him?

 

God created you to love Him.

I don’t like it when I hear someone say they love ice cream or they love football or a hundred other things they love. The kind of love that God wants from us is the same kind of love that He showed us. Remember, we are supposed to be a reflection of God. How much did God love us?

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

 

When God saved the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery, He gave them a law. At the end of that law, God reveals that the main point of the law is love. God desires for you and I to love Him.

 

Deuteronomy 6:5-6  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

 

It doesn’t say they should be in your head, go 12” lower, He wants them to be in our heart.

Do you love Him?

 

God created you to glorify Him.

Someday, when we get to Heaven, you and I will join the angelic choir of Heaven and we will do what God created us to do: WORSHIP. What kind of worship does the Bible say we will offer the King?

 

Revelation 4:11 KJV Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

 

Rob & Mary, along with the rest of the worship team, are constantly trying to instill the mindset of worship during our Sunday morning time together. We worship Him with our instruments, with our voices, our lives and our hearts. We are in “training” so to speak, for what Heaven will be like. We won’t be worshipping Him in Heaven for 20 minutes once a week, it will be continual worship.

Praise and Worship are not the same thing. Praise happens at the gates, in the outer courts of God, Worship happens at the throne of God.

 

Revelation 19:4-7 NIV 4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!” Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!”  Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

 

Do you glorify and worship Him?

 

God created you to enjoy Him.

God is not opposed to our joy and happiness; He wants them for us more than we’ll ever know. Part of our problem is, we often desire less than we should. We seem to be satisfied with a taste of joy a bit of happiness, when He stands ready to bless our socks off.

 

John 15:11 NIV  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

 

Romans 15:13 NIV May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Have you been to a party or gathering where you really enjoyed being in the company of some special friends. Why did you enjoy being with them? You like the same food, you have similar values, you’re in the same age group, their sense of humor ….. what makes you click? You like spending time with them, do you really like spending time with God? Do you ever have conversations with God? He wants you to talk to Him and He wants to speak to you.

 

In Psalm 16: 5-8 NIV (you can read King David’s position):

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

 

I will not be fooled. I will not be deceived. I will not fear. I will not be depressed. With God, ALL things are possible. With God, I have a purpose, I know why I was created.

Do you enjoy Him?

 

We have other purposes in life as well, we should always be looking for opportunities to share the Good News with others. We should be good spouses, parents and grandparents. We should support our church. We should love our neighbors. No matter what, keep God first. We were created for His pleasure …… the question is, are we pleasing Him?

 

God offers a life of meaning and purpose to you. Christ lived, died and rose from the grave, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. He died for the sins of the world so that we could  reconcile a broken relationship and have eternal life. What is our purpose? The first and greatest commandment:

 

Matthew 22:37-38 NIV   “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.    

  

Next week we will look into our main thing

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