I meet so many men that want to know their purpose. They get to a time in their life where they have done what they know, what have always done, and what paid the bills but look back to a time where they dreamed of something different life. No kids dreams about being miserable in a 9-5. Now before you think it is money that makes the difference let me clarify. I know men who have money and lack purpose. I live in South Florida. The weather is a paradise, the median income is 3x the national average, 25 minutes from the beach, and every kind of ethnic food within 20 of your house. Theyhave beautiful homes, incredible cars, and lack purpose. It is really simple. Many people live life thinking success is around the corner. Then they get around the corner and find another corner of in the distance.
Do you want to know God’s will for your life? There is something wrong with you if you would answer yes.
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
We all want the 2nd part of the verse and forget about that the word “then” creates a condition. The condition to knowing God’s will for your life starts with 2 things… Don’t pursue purpose where the world looks for purpose and admit you don’t think right and let God change the way you think.
3 Enemies of Purpose
- Confusion– We don’t know where to look, or we think we do and find it is empty
- Comparison– You want their money, their house, their wife, their hair, their body, their influence, their life
- Counterfeit– You sought a career and not a calling. You looked for it in a person, did find it and got a new person and same story
How God Reveals Our Purpose
- The Call from Birth
Jeremiah 1:4-8 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah responds with how he is too young to God. Funny thing is I hear this all the time from men. I am too old, too poor, too many kids (this might be mine with 4), or I am too far from the starting line. Funny thing is Joshua was 80 when he took the promised land, David was about 13 when he faced Goliath, and the writer of most of the New Testament was a terrorist before he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Dave Thomas started KFC with his social security checks. Michelangelo was in his 80s when he began to paint the Sistine Chapel. God has never been limited by the things we limit ourselves.
2. Growing Awareness
Joseph had a dream of his family bowing to him. He shared the dream and got sold as a slave. That led to and accusation, prison, and being forgotten about for years. It was only after all of the hardship that God made a way for the purpose to be shown.
3. Walking Through Open Doors
Esther was an adopted misfit that had unusual beauty that led to a change to save her people by risking her life before a cruel king.
Esther 4:14-16 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”… I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Here is what I know… You were created on purpose and for a purpose. Even if you do not see it right now, you are not too far from that purpose. You are not too old, too young, too poor, or have sinned too much. God is God and before you were born He had a purpose to fulfill and then He created you to fill it. If you are not dead, He is not done! Start the business, plant the church, quit the 9-5, or go to your job with purpose to make a difference in the lives of the people around you!
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