Live on Purpose

“There are two great days in a person’s life — the day we are born and the day we discover why.”

William Barclay

There is a segment of society whose population is exploding all around us. This group of people seems to be growing exponentially. Who are they? They are people without a purpose. They live among us.

Some suffer in silence.

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

Henry David Thoreau

Some are oblivious to the reality that they truly have no purpose in this world.

“It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has never been able to find its way.”

Oscar Wilde

Some give up on their dreams and live a burdensome, unfulfilling life – they survive instead of thrive.

“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.”

Albert Schweitzer

Some see no purpose for themselves so they simply do what other people are doing.

“We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

Omar Nelson Bradley

Then there are many who search for a “cause” to support and pursue.

“There is no purpose in living where there is nothing to do.”

Winston Churchill

Believing in something, whether it is just or unjust, will give people a sense of value and meaning – a reason, a purpose. At least temporarily, even if but for a fleeting moment, a cause allows people to focus. It points their lives in a certain direction – it gives them a path to follow. Without purpose, without vision, the Bible says that people wander aimlessly – uncontrolled and unfocused.

Proverbs 29:18 (Bible in Basic English)
Where there is no vision, the people are uncontrolled …

Having a purpose for life is a necessity. A major problem, however, is that people choose to follow vain or hollow purposes. I like how The Message phrases Proverbs 29:18 – “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves.” People do not have to stumble through this life with no purpose or misguided purposes. The last part of Proverbs 29:18 indicates that those who follow God’s teachings and attend to what He reveals are most blessed. You see, to truly be content, our identity must be in Christ. Nothing else will satisfy the longing in our heart. We may find temporary reprieve in certain “causes,” but never fulfillment. We need to find our meaning in Christ and realize our value to God. Then we can find and pursue His plan and purpose for our lives. The only place to find true contentment and lasting fulfillment is in following God’s purpose for your life; for God created people for a purpose and wants each person to live with purpose.

Ephesians 5:15 (Amplified Bible)
Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people)

I like the depth of meaning that the Amplified Bible provides us in this verse: “live purposefully.” The implication is that living purposefully is a part of walking watchfully, and that not living purposefully is unwise and witless (unintelligent).

God does everything with a purpose.

Ephesians 1:11

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.

Jesus had a purpose.

1 John 3:8

… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

The Lord’s involvement in your life has a purpose.

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

I find it interesting that Paul told Timothy, “But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience.” (2 Timothy 3:10) Paul had a purpose and he lists it as something that Timothy knew about him. Too many Christians seem to have no purpose; they live haphazardly. They simply meander through this life, not seeming to realize that a life lived with a purpose is a life filled with meaning. Do others know your purpose? Do you know your purpose?

God has given us sixty-six books that are filled with the knowledge of Him, His plans, and His purposes. We can find within the Bible some purposes for living and working with Him. These are the first things that give meaning to our lives. Here are just a few examples:

1. He gave us a commission to share the Gospel message

Mark 16:15 (New Living Translation)

And then he told them, “God into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”

2. He instructed us to be students of His Word

2 Timothy 2:15

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that  needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3. He even said the giving or our offerings should be on purpose.

2 Corinthians 9:7

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

If you will start purposefully living the things God has already told you, then He can reveal other purposes to you that involve your individual life. But, if you are not doing the first things, the things He has already said in His Word, why would He waste His time telling you anything else? Quit wandering aimlessly – make up your mind to get on the path that actually takes you where you need to go.

“You can’t improve a wrong path by trying to walk better or faster or smarter. Get on a right path.”

Dr. Henry Cloud

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