“Live your life on purpose for God and you will inspire people to God.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 16, 2022
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep [died] and was laid with his fathers. Acts 13:36, ESV
When I was 30 years old a friend and I read a book on defining your life purpose. The process of discovering your purpose was organized around a person’s life roles. The Holy Spirit led me to write this life purpose, “Inspire people to be an authentic follower of Jesus Christ, by being a faithful husband, engaged dad, loyal friend and loving leader.” Flawed, but faithful husband. Distracted at times, but engaged dad. Occasionally disappointed, but loyal friend. An imperfect, but faithful leader. It took me several iterations to get to the final version, but this life purpose statement has served as a good reminder to grow into the best version of God’s will for me.
David, with a bloody and soiled resume of murder and adultery, nevertheless with a humble, contrite heart, was able by God’s grace to serve the purpose of God in his generation. No doubt, his preeminent purpose was to glorify God through the praise and worship of the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of all creation. The author of many of the Psalms, David’s quiet time contemplations exposed a myriad of life experiences. A broken heart over foolish choices, a healed heart through God’s forgiveness, a lamenting heart over a world enmeshed in suffering, a hopeful heart trusting the Lord to protect and bring peace, a fearful heart in need of reassuring love, a prophetic heart pointing to the coming Messiah and a worshipful heart majestically and movingly praising Almighty God in heaven. David, though flawed, fulfilled God’s purposes!
“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me” (Psalm 57:2, ESV).
Embrace a prayerful process of discovering God’s purpose in your current season of life. Perhaps you care for another as if you were caring for Jesus Christ. Care is a common theme in life. The first quarter of life you are cared for as a child/adolescent, the second quarter you care for your spouse and children, the third quarter you care for your parents and the fourth quarter you are cared for by another. Caring for Christ’s sake is a beautiful expression of a life on purpose for God. The application of service to others will look different based on your season and giftedness.
Like David—lift up every breath in praise and adoration to your Creator and lover of your soul. Offer your body and life as a sacrifice of worship on the altar of the Lord’s love. A.W. Tozer shares that the purpose of the created is to exalt the Creator, “The purpose of nature is to lead us to the Creator and to worship Him. The purpose of man’s feelings and emotions is to lead to the One who implanted those within the heart of man, to the Creator. Everything in all of creation is to point to the Creator and evoke within adoring wonder and admiration and worship. Wherever we go, we can worship.” Live your life on purpose for God and you will inspire people to God.
“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased” (Revelation 4:11, NLT).
Heavenly Father, clarify by your Spirit the purpose you have for me in this season of my life, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.
Consider reading one or all of these books as a guide to writing out your life purpose to share with others who love you: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, The On Purpose Person, Purpose Driven Life.
Jeremiah 29:11; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Peter 2:9; Colossians 1:16
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