Part 1: I Was Made For This
Sometimes our vision is clouded. We know where we are, but not where we’re going next. Wherever we are in our faith, there’s always a next step:
- Know God
- Experience Change
- Discover Purpose
- Make a Difference
The highest level of life is when we’re making a difference in the lives of others. Before we can do this, we must understand our purpose in life. Our scripture for this message is Proverbs 29:18 (MSG),
“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.”
When we can see what God is doing in our lives, we become blessed, successful, and fulfilled. Unfortunately, we usually tend to settle for less than God has for us, when Jesus paid a great price to give it to us.
We need to understand what the Bible calls the path of life. The first step to this path is to Know God. Jesus wants to have a relationship with us, not a religion or a set of rules. When we know God, we are born again. Then we have the power to Experience Change. We are freed from past wrongs, secret sins, addictions, etc. You must experience change and deal with your past, or you will never advance in the future.
The next steps are to Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference. We must know our destiny to fulfill it. Making a difference is the ultimate purpose for our lives; but it looks different for everyone, and we must realize how we are each to change the world if we hope to really do it. According to research, 87% of people in the Body of Christ still don’t know their purpose in life. Imagine if 87% of our body parts didn’t know their function? The eyes, hands, feet, etc. We could not function or survive! This is why the Church at large is often powerless. We must discover the part we play within the church.
We need to enter the revelation: I WAS MADE FOR THIS.
The Bible encourages us to find our place in God, not to pursue things like the world does (Rom. 12:2). We must think differently than the world. Our world is in a mess because the focus is wrong. The enemies of purpose are often embraced:
People are pursuing what looks like God’s plan for their lives, but God has a real purpose for you. God said in Jeremiah 1:4-5,
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
God already had a purpose, then He made us (Ps. 139:13-16). When we look at how we were made, it points to our purpose in life. If we are dissatisfied with our lives, it’s probably because we are not pursuing what we were made for!
How did people in the Bible discover their purpose? There are four basic ways.
1) Call from Birth
Many people have a sense of purpose from a young age, but many have gone far from that destiny. The good news is that we can always get back to it, because the call of God is irrevocable. God is able to get you back on track, no matter where you are (Jer. 1:4-8).
2) Growing Awareness
The purpose becomes progressive. Joseph is the best example. He had one dream, and became aware that he was being called to greatness. But everything seemed to be against him, until one day it happened. This is why Joseph was able to say to his brothers: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” (Gen. 50:20).
Remember, God is able to use your struggles for the salvation of many lives.
3) Walking Through Open Doors
God can only reveal His purposes when you step through an opportunity. Look at Esther. In a strange country, she became queen. Her cousin said to her: “Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Es. 4:14-16). God reveals His purposes to us through doors of opportunity. Step through your open doors and see what’s on the other side.
4) A God Encounter
God speaks. The Bible says about Paul, that as he was persecuting the church on his way to Damascus: “… a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (Acts 9:1-6).
Only God can impact people like He did with Paul. We must have an encounter with God!
Don’t resist God. Give in to His calling. “God created us on purpose for a purpose.”
You are not an accident. You are not the result of time and chance. You have a purpose in the eternal plans of God.
Let’s enter the revelation: I WAS MADE FOR THIS.
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on September 8, 2019 at New Life Christian Church