What’s Next? Follow His Purpose

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What’s Next?

Part 2: Follow His Purpose

What’s Next?

Follow His Purpose

Life is all about making a difference. Sometimes our vision is clouded; we know where we are, but don’t know where to go next. God has a journey for every one of us to take.

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says,

Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

‘Vision’ in Hebrew means, revelation, passion, and dream. If we don’t have clarity for our journey ahead and what we’re pursuing, we will die spiritually and emotionally. Why should we bother to get up in the morning if we have no motivation or purpose?

When we have no revelation from God, it’s easy to think: “who cares how I live, if none of this matters?” But when we attend to His revelation, there is a feeling of contentment within us. David put it this way:

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever” (Ps 16:11 NLT.)

Joy comes when we’re in the middle of God’s will.

Most of us are settling for less than what Jesus paid for. This is why Jesus said,

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10 NIV.)

Jesus has given us this promise!

How do we get to know the plan God has for us? We must first know Him.

Everyone wants to know God. We were created with eternity within us. Even those who don’t believe in Him are looking for Him. It’s a heart knowledge, not a head knowledge. We are here to be in a deep, intimate, personal relationship with a very alive God who loves us! 1 Timothy 6:21 (TLB) says,

Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life—they don’t know God.”

Once we know God, the next step in the journey is to experience change.

Each of us has a past that Jesus came to redeem! See Rom. 8:28-29John 8:36. He has come to set us free!

Once we find freedom in Christ, we have the ability to discover purpose. God has a purpose customized for who we are. Galatians 6:4 (MSG) says,

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that!

When we discover our purpose, then we are able to make a difference. Jesus said that making a difference is so important because it will bring glory to the Father. See John 15:8, 11. We are called to bring much fruit—it is the only way to validate that we’re truly His disciples. This is what we were created to do! We’re on a mission with God to make a difference in this world. When we do this, joy fills our hearts and completes us.

Unfortunately, sometimes our flesh pulls us away from doing good and bearing fruit. But personal growth is not optional if Heaven and Hell are real—-which they are. The night before Jesus died, He prayed,

In the same way that you gave me a mission in he world, I give them a mission in the world.” (Jn 17:18 MSG)

Jesus handed His mission to the Church.

Do you remember what Jesus said to His parents when He was 12 years old? “I must be about my Father’s business!” He never lost sight of His mission, and we must not either.

We are Him now! The Body of Christ. The Light to a lost world.

The apostle Paul said,

I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me—to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24 NCV)

We are all God’s workmanship, a work of art! We will be far happier and fulfilled if we know why God has put us on this planet. We must pursue the purposes of God for our lives.

But you will receive my power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere —in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Jerusalem means, those closest to Jesus, and therefore those closest to us. This is our first responsibility. We are called to make a difference in our world.

Judea and Samaria mean, those close, but different from us. We are called beyond our world. See Galatians 6:2 (MSG).

Ends of the earth means, those far from us. We are called to help change the whole world. We may not reach the whole world physically, but through our giving, we are making a little difference every day. Mark 16:15 (NCV) says,

Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.” Let’s obey God. This is how we find true life.

Let me assure you that no one has ever given up anything—home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or property, for love of me and to tell others the Good News, who won’t be given back, a hundred times over, homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land—with persecutions!… All these will be his here on earth, and in the world to come he shall have eternal life.” (Mk 10:29 TLB)

This is an amazing multiplication! Only God can do this!

An anonymous quote says,

“I will never be satisfied making a dollar when my purpose is to make a difference.”

Whatever we are involved in, if it’s not the will of God, it will not satisfy us.

 

This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on September 15, 2019 at New Life Christian Church

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