Discover Purpose

I met a guy not too long ago, that wrecked me.  He asked me how I was doing.  I gave my usual answer “Living the dream.”  He got really somber, which is not like him.  He said you do not know how lucky you are.  Now this guy has a six figure income and his wife does well.  They drive new cars, have a great house, and live really well.  At the time, I lived in a 2nd story apartment, drove a truck with 180k miles on it, and lived within my means.  He had more money and stuff than I did, but what he longed for was purpose. 

I meet men all the time in this same place.  They make a good living, have toys, but lack purpose.  I believe God designed deep inside of us is a need for transcendence.  I just lost some of you… sorry… Deep in us is a desire to contribute to something greater than us.  We love movies like Braveheart, stories like the firemen on 9/11, and heroes like Martin Luther King Jr. We aspire to be apart of something that really matters.  Because if you kill the massive buck, catch the whopper of a fish, buy that truck, go on that vacation, or have a bank balance of that number, it will be like the quarterback, who after winning the superbowl, in his hotel room says “was that it?”  

1 Corinthians 12:6-7 Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful.

God has given you a gift that shows the world who He is. That gift is not benefit you but to benefit others.  The purpose is bigger than you, but is not about you.  I have watched people for the last 15 years discover their purpose and watched their lives get set on fire as they use their gift.  I meet people who are like “where do you need me to serve”, and can I say it is the wrong question.  Now we do need to meet needs, but it is about using your gift to serve God and other people.  If you are not good at it you shouldn’t do it.  I should never sing or play an instrument on stage. I am really bad at it and if I did it I would take away the opportunity from someone who needs to do it.

So how do you discover purpose?  First get in God’s presence, and find conviction.  You might find conviction for kids, single mom, or greeting people at church.  Now some of you are asking is greeting that important.  YES!!!!! People come to our churches all the time broken and do not feel like God loves them and they don’t belong.  I know people whose lives have been transformed by Jesus because their walls came down when someone did not just say welcome as they entered but made them feel like they belonged and mattered to God!  So get in God’s presence and find purpose birthed in conviction.  Then go try something, not where there is the greatest need but where your gifts can show who God is and helps others. 

So right now ask God why you are here and what His purpose is for you!

Helping people live a better story

Brandon Sereg
www.thevibrant.church

Who Do You Think You Are?: A Masterpiece

We spend a lot of our lives trying to answer the question: who are we? What is our identity, how do others see us, and how do we see ourselves? Let me brutally honest about something I’ve seen in men over the years. On the outside, we can appear like all is good and we have our lives all put together. Heck, sometimes we can even seem confident or, dare I say, cocky. That’s probably why I often hear people talk and write about how men are so overconfident, self-centered, etc. But as I have gotten to know more and more men on a deeper level I’ve realized that so much of that is an act. As men, we feel such a pressure to perform, to be the sort of man those around us expect us to be. We are under pressure to have the right kind of job, to have the right appearance, to not only have manly hobbies (sports, hunting, motorsports, etc.), but to be good at them, and more. The result of all this is I see a lot of men who are really broken on the inside. They feel unable to live up to all the expectations put on them by their family, friends, co-workers, and the world. 

Yet, here’s the thing guys, we were never made to run after the approval of so many others in the world. You weren’t made to have to define yourself and to prove your worth. Rather, you were painstakingly crafted by God to be a masterpiece. Check out Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Just think about that for a second. None of us is a mistake, none of us are designed to be a failure, and none of us are made to impress the world. We’ve been created and saved by God for a purpose. It may not be the purpose YOU want, but it is the purpose God has for you. Instead of running around stressing ourselves to no end as we try to fit into the world’s categories for us, let’s simply be the men God has created us to be. And the great thing is its not exactly rocket science. We simply follow His Word and do good works in our world. THAT is what you were made to do. There is so much good that needs to be done in this world, and each of us has been created and saved to impact it in a new way. God has created you to be a masterpiece. Embrace who you are, serve Him, and love others each and every day. 

Be Thankful

Colossians 3:15 New International Version (NIV)

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Being thankful is not just a one time event for Thanksgiving Day. The Bible says, “Be thankful in everything, in all circumstances.” Too often we get overwhelmed by life and worry about tomorrow. It is in those moments that we hold on to promises that God said he would never leave us or forsake us. We have truly been blessed by the Father with a free gift of salvation and eternal life.

I would like you to take time and write out what you are thankful for. You will find out just how much you have been blessed this year.

Being thankful is a choice, and I think all of us are thankful for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that we serve a God who never quits and forever loves his creation.

Thankfulness describes my relationship with my wife. I am thankful that she loves Jesus more than she loves me. That I am blessed with a treasure from the Lord, and I am thankful to have my wife to do life with.

I am also thankful our children, spouses, and grandchildren. I am thankful for my parents and family.

When you realize how blessed you are, you will be like George Bailey in the move, It’s a Wonderful Life, when he realizes how fortunate he is with family and friends. We all have blessings in our lives. Cultivate a thankful heart.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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“Littleness of Your Faith”

Matthew 17:20,21 (NASB) And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21 [But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”]

It’s a good thing, too.  Most of the time a little faith is all any one of us can muster.  I was listening to Life 107.1 and a song came on referencing this passage.  The artist was singing about how his faith is so small, yet he knows all things are possible for God, despite our short comings in this department.  He goes on to sing, that just because He doesn’t do something that we want or think He should, doesn’t mean that He can’t.  He just chooses not to.  

It is in these moments that I feel our faith is tested most.  Trusting that God’s lack of action is for the best, because after all, “He works all things to good, for those who believe…”  That can be a difficult thing to accept.  Fortunately, all God requires from us is all that we are capable of,  little faith.  That small measure of faith is what He will tap into to help move us through the trials for whatever purpose He has determined.  That small measure of faith, the belief in our heart that Jesus is Lord, Son of the living God, sent to bare the sins of the world and reconcile us to our Father, raised from death three days later and sits at the right hand of God, that is all that is required of us to insure our place in our Father’s house. 

Our “littleness of faith” and He moves mountains!  What an awesome, loving God we serve.  So gracious, despite how little we have to offer to the equation.  I hope that you can reflect on that truth anytime you’re up against something, when you feel like the world is closing in around you.  The “littleness of your faith” can move a mountain!  Have a blessed weekend.

Hebrews 11:1 (NASB) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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