Living WITH Purpose and ON Purpose 1
Living Your Life with Purpose and on Purpose
For the next few weeks I will be speaking on the fact that God wants you to live your life with purpose and once that purpose is realized to see the responsibility you also have to live your life on purpose. There's a difference between the two and most Christians never associate this fact in their walk with God.
Living with purpose means that you know that purpose is attached to your life and you consider that as you determine what you want your future to look like.
However when you live your life on purpose, it means that "You make decisions every day that will propel you towards your destiny. It's these decisions that often determine how quickly you reach God's intended destiny.
Along with the word "destiny [which I like to associate with the destination that we reach or your purpose fulfilled] ˜purpose' being a "buzz word gives those that use it a sense of belonging.
In a sense for those that want to move in Kingdom vernacular and certain Christian circles, using terms that appear to be relevant they use words such as purpose, destiny and Kingdom to validate the knowledge they accumulated since they got saved.
However, although they have knowledge of the terms, true purpose is often never recognized and less often than that realized as people go through this life settling for a knowledge of the Truth without any regard for the application of the Truth that they have come to know.
This is why Jesus said in Mark 7:
"6 He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ˜This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'
There must be an attitude that fosters a heart of obedience to the principles we embrace and not use Christian vernacular to validate knowledge of a principle that we've come to know.
Today there's a tendency in the Body of Christ to think that because we're saved that we will automatically fulfill the purpose for our existence.
This mentality is similar to people that think that because they are saved they will always be saved or because they are saved they will never have any problems.
What happens is when their faith is challenged they often fold and become less useful in the Kingdom or worse than that, walk away from God and His intended salvation. The reason is because they never prepared by learning what God says about their lives,
It must be realized that although we all have purpose not everyone will live their lives from the perspective of purpose. In similar fashion there are many who desire to live with purpose but do not know how to do it. This is because they do not know what purpose is.
If you desire living your life with purpose and doing so on purpose, you first must know what that purpose is.
The Bible clearly lays out some of the prerequisites for doing this, but some Christians want to leap frog the process not understanding that doing so causes them to forfeit the very purpose that they're sincerely pursuing.
If we ask many people what purpose is [Christian and non-Christian alike] most would confuse purpose with desire.
Although they have similar definitions and you can use them synonymously “ seeing them from two different perspectives will help to understand the difference and begin to live your life on purpose.
Desire is "something we want that we believe will ultimately bring us a sense of satisfaction.
But purpose is "something that we understand that God wants to do through us and not only does it bring us satisfaction, but living with purpose and on purpose, it expands God's sphere or range of rule and authority referred to as His Kingdom.
You can have a desire and that desire have nothing to do with God's purpose at all. You can desire a new car, home, husband or wife, a new job and the list can go on. You can even desire something in the church to do or perform and that also not necessarily line up with God's purpose for your life.
Although there is nothing wrong with any of these as some are necessary for living in the earth, they may not necessarily be tied to your purpose.
It must be understood that going forward with your life and having a Kingdom mindset, there are times when you will do some things that are needed and useful to assist in building the church up.
However, these duties or responsibilities should not be held onto so tightly that there is no room for the person that comes into the church with that task being linked to their purpose.
At that point, you are living from the perspective of desire and living in this fashion appeases the flesh and often appeals to your pride or ego.
Desire is a powerful Biblical principle, but desire alone will not necessarily produce manifested purpose.
The reality is that most of us live from the perspective of desire and not purpose as we try to live out our existence fulfilling the plans that we have in our hearts.
Many are the plans in a person's heart, but the Lord's purpose prevails is what Proverbs 19:21 say.
We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God's purpose prevails. Message Bible
You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail. New Living Translation
Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. NIV
One common word that's used in each translation is the word "prevail. It means "to be established; strengthened or to be fulfilled. It is also described as "the end result of the physical action of rising up or standing.
Therefore when something prevails it is actually the force that "supersedes [supplants, surpasses, succeeds, replaces and overtakes] what was previously in place.
Here, we're told that it's God's purpose that will replace the plans that we devise in our hearts. The reason is "We only think we know what we want.
This is why many of us spend years, for some decades while spending thousands of dollars on things that we think will bring us satisfaction. Eventually, we come to realize that it is only God and lining up with His greater purpose for our life that is going to work.
Most of those plans have been formed [shaped, molded or fashioned] by the culture and family we are part of.
This happens as we spend most of our lives trying to do something, get something or make something happen because our parents, family members, close friends, television program [Christian or secular] or something you saw in church say you were gifted to do something or you deserved to have something.
Many a sincere Christian has been thrown to the lions because some well-meaning brother or sister told them they can sing or speak well.
A gift to speak or sing do anything does not mean that God's purpose is attached to it. Because you can do something well does not mean that it is God's purpose. It could have been a desire planted in you by someone that you admire and respect.
Although many things are handed down that can have a sense of purpose attached to them, you are to search your heart and press into God to determine if His purpose is actually tied to it. You have to determine whether what you are doing will bring an expansion to the Kingdom of God in some way.
This is where we must be sure that we know that fulfilling purpose is not restricted to preaching or being a leader in the church. As a matter of fact, being a leader is secondary to doing the task that a particular title reflects.
A title without function never advances the Kingdom or the church. The title is to match the job description of the office that it represents.
Responsibility, dedication, faithfulness, and loyalty to purpose therefore becomes the key to determining whether what you are doing is worthy of the title that's attached to your life.
Some people walk around with titles their entire life without ever doing what that title represents.
Then there are others that are not glory seekers who spend their lives doing what they were called to do and the title is so irrelevant that they spend very little time trying to validate who they are.
Therefore the function becomes much more important than the title you have attached to your name.
Further, some people will find their purpose in a different arena outside church. But if you are living your life with purpose you will understand that whatever it is will be "filtered back to the local church in some way. Then if you are living your life on purpose, you will find the way God determined for you to do it.
God will also never give you purpose that will take you away from the local church for an extended period of time. If you are, you cease to live with accountability and without accountability you risk becoming back-slidden oftentimes without ever realizing it.
Living with purpose and on purpose keeps your life connected to the life-line that God gave each of us which is the local church.
Knowing this, you won't become so engulfed in your life and lifestyle outside the local church that its mission will be abandoned.
This is why we quote periodically that you are not to forsake the assembling of yourselves with other Believers as some are in the habit of doing. Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
First, a person that lives with purpose and on purpose considers the fact that what they do affects their destiny which I previously described as "purpose fulfilled.
In the Book of Lamentations, God's people referred to here as Jerusalem and used in the feminine form, shows that by not considering your destiny brings hurt pain and unwarranted affliction.
Seeing the end result of a thing allows you to stay focused on the goal and doing that allows you to move your life through the inevitable obstacles. You will therefore make good decisions "every day that will further God's plan for your life.
8 "Jerusalem has sinned gravely, therefore she has become vile. All who honored her despise her because they have seen her nakedness; yes, she sighs and turns away.
9 Her uncleanness is in her skirts; she did not consider her destiny; therefore her collapse was awesome; she had no comforter. "O Lord, behold my affliction, for the enemy is exalted!
If we are to take this teaching seriously, this is an awesome wake-up call for every one of us. To not consider your destiny and live as though you will never die and never have to answer to the God Who created you sets you up to never have peace where you are.
The peace we enjoy is a by-product of being in the will of God and doing what you know you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it.
You can't quote a Scripture and live in dis-obedience to God and expect what you confess to have any relevance in your life. You can't say I have the peace that passes understanding down in my heart and do your own thing.
This is what God's people assumed and found that their enemies triumphed over them.
They became vile, despised, they fell [collapsed] and afflicted and ultimately, the enemy was exalted above the people of God. Why? The reason is in verse 9 "Because they did not consider their destiny.
In essence they had no vision and because of that they became
- [vile in their actions] evil and wicked while they increased in their lifestyle of sin
- [despised by surrounding nations] detestable, hateful and unloved
- [Collapsed or fallen in their thinking] warped, unclear, perverted, fuzzy: could not think straight, and distorted
- [afflicted in their minds] troubled, made miserable, worrisome and upset
These were the result of them not considering their destiny or living every day without purposing to do so with and on purpose.
One could reason that this does not pertain to us because they were under the Old Testament and we're under the New Covenant of grace. But the reality is the writer of the doctrine of grace reveals the importance of paying attention to the dealings of God with His people that was under the Old Covenant.
First Corinthians 10
6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
This is the exact lifestyle that Lamentations chapter 1 speaks of. And remember the fact that these things happened because they did not remember or consider their destiny.
Again, a person that lives with purpose and on purpose considers the fact that what they do affects their destiny which I previously described as "purpose fulfilled.
This tells us that this type of person considers their actions because they are aware of the fact that what they do can adversely affect what and who God intends for them to become.
They are cognizant of the people they let into their lives and live each day with God's character considering the fact that they are commanded to love all people all the time.
Although we are comparing desire with purpose and seeing it from a perspective that indicates that you cannot trust your unregenerated mind and flesh, God wants His people to have strong desire that's birthed out of the Spirit and that will affect the natural real with Kingdom authority.
1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; 2 May He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; 3 May He remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
4 May He grant you according to your heart's desire, and fulfill all your purpose.
5 We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
In these Scriptures, the desire of David is that the Lord would be involved in the lives of His people. He states: May the Lord¦
Answer you¦ when you pray
Defend you¦ when you're under attack
Send you help¦ when you have stepped out in faith and gone beyond your own education, resources and knowledge base
Strengthen you¦ when you're weak from battle
Remember your offerings¦ and recompense you according to your obedience
Accept your sacrifices¦ that are birthed out of obedience because he knew that to obey is better than to sacrifice.
Then in verse 4 it states that the prayer of David is that God "may grant you according to your heart's desire and fulfill all your "purpose.
The word purpose used here is literally to be translated as "counsel and speaks of you making proper judgments and decisions that lead you to purpose fulfilled which is your destiny.