PurposeDiscovery

Dead or Alive?

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Background image by Don Bello Photography via flickr.com

In my last post, I attempted to redefine and clarify what purpose really means. I said that purpose simply is your role in God’s global plan for mankind as He reconciles men to Himself through Jesus. If you think about this, you may realize that purpose is like a tree with three branches.

The first branch is God’s ultimate purpose for mankind which is clearly established in scripture as exercising dominion on earth to give effect to the Kingdom idea of colonizing the earth for Heaven.

The second branch is the general purpose of God for every believer which are to give glory to God, to belong to His family, to become like Christ, to serve with your gifts and to spread the message of the Good News as explained in Rick Warren’s all time classic, Purpose Driven Life.

The third branch is your specific purpose which is the specific, unique and personal purpose God had in mind which He made you to fulfill according to his general and ultimate purpose for us.

While the first two branches are clear, understanding the third is what usually seem difficult for most people. But like I said last week, to understand your specific purpose, you need to have a relationship with God.

The details of your specific purpose are not hidden from God. After all, your purpose is His intention. The problem then can only be with your ability to receive the knowledge of what God intended.

Now, scripture says clearly that only the spirit of a man can tell you his thoughts. Thus, only by God’s Spirit can we have access to God’s thoughts and plans for us. You don’t find your purpose lying around on the surface. But you can find it as God’s Spirit brings them all out into the open before you.

 What then is the real problem? The unsaved self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gift of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Only when we are spiritually alive, can we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing.  (1 Corinthians 2:10-16 MSG)

So, before you can find your purpose, you have to be spiritually alive. Religion cannot get this done for you. In fact religion thrives on your spiritual death. Only by faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection can you be spiritually alive!

If you are out there seeking the discovery of your purpose, I’ll like to invite you to respond to God’s offer of a relationship with Him. You receive this offer simply by believing with your heart and confessing with your mouth that Jesus died for you and on the third day, he was raised from the dead to make you spiritually alive. Once you do this, you now have a relationship with God and have received the gift of His Spirit by whom you can find and fulfill your specific purpose.

I call you blessed!

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PurposePursuit

Small Things, Great Love.

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Background Photo by Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi via flickr

The history books of mankind are filled with paragraphs, chapters and pages of stories of men and women who are regarded as heroes and heroines. Some attained this feat through acts of courage, valour and diligence. Others are accorded our recognition for their selflessness and sacrificial services.

No doubt, one of such people who have attained this heroic status is Mother Teresa. She was a Roman Catholic nun, who devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute around the world. She spent many years in Calcutta, India where she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation devoted to helping those in great need.

Vance Thurston was one of the many everyday people who was fortunate to have known Mother Teresa personally. Doug Hill in his book How to Listen to God, shares Vance’ recollection of his encounter with her.

Vance had been many things- ranch hand, mechanic, carpenter and songwriter, but he wondered how he could serve God better. So he wrote a letter to Mother Teresa not sure whether to expect a response. Amazingly however, he received a mail from Calcutta in which Mother Teresa prayed with him.

This gift of a small letter may  have been a small thing to do but the great love with which Mother Teresa sent it changed Vance’s and indeed, several other people’s lives.

The message I want to pass this week is encapsulated in the words of this iconic personality in her letter to Vance Thurston.

“Whatever you do- whether to carve a door or to write a song that God inspires you to write- do it all for His glory and the good of His people. Always do small things with great love and be ready to take whatever He gives and give whatever he takes with a big smile.”

I will close with the words of Emerson: “This time, like every time, is a very good time, if we but know what to do with it.” Perhaps it’s time to get busy showing great love by doing little things.

You can start with a comment!

JustPurpose

Why I Celebrate Christmas (2)

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Photo by Danny VB via flickr.

I celebrate Christmas mainly because of two reasons: Love and Hope.
Love, in the sense that it was because God so loved the world that He sent Jesus Christ to this world. That was when God became human and dwelt among us. Only those who are in love would understand this fact. To me, sending someone to die on behalf of another person is the greatest love that has ever been exhibited…and Christ came willingly to die for us.
I also celebrate Christmas because of hope. Hope in the sense that the birth of Jesus brought hope to this world. We have hope because we know that when our time is up here on earth, as long as we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and as long as we continue to follow in His footsteps, we know that we would reign with God forever.

Makinde Sinmiloluwa @ PenWorkshop.

A friend once asked, “If asked to take the place of a drowning man, would you?” I thought for a while and then I disagreed. Why would I? Why did he go into the sea or ocean when he knew he could not swim? I have a life of my own to live so why should I die for someone else? These were thoughts that caressed my mind. Then he smiled and said, “That was all Christ did for you and I on the cross. He was born to die for us and died to save us. He could have sent the angels to do it but the main purpose, which is to save man once for all, might not be fulfilled. ” So I thought, “why not celebrate the birth of a man who fulfilled God’s purpose in his generation?” That’s why I celebrate Christmas!

Adebayo Rolake @adebayoaderolake@yahoo.com

You laid aside your glory and throne-
All the comfort royalty afforded
You switched from heaven to man’s zone
Down to earth You descended

You didn’t have to come
But in Your sacrificial nature You chose to,
You knew twas a journey too burdensome,
Yet You saw it as what you needed to do,

Love divine is all I see
Flowing freely like a river
Its all around me
And I know it is forever

Sitting by my bedside
In a gay and happy mood
I’m bubbling on the inside
Cause it feels just so good

Lord You’re the only reason-
The one around whom all things revolve
And so this season
I’m celebrating that amazing love!

Oladejo Oluwatoosin@teeto35@yahoo.com

Christmas … I love the carols and the lights, I love the hustle and bustle of people engrossed in the celebrations and the food, oh, I love the food too! It’s a ‘fun time’ when I get to see family again and reunite with friends that I haven’t seen throughout the year – catch up on all the ‘latest updates’… but, Christmas is beyond all of these, for me. It’s more about Whom it is about than who it is for – it is about God’s love sent down to me (who it is for)so that I wouldn’t just be caught up in the merriment and festivities only but, also have an assurance of a hope and solid future and that is the reason why I celebrate!

Queen Oset @Queen Oset’s blog

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As we allow for the inevitable departure of 2014 and welcome the arrival of 2015, I wish to appreciate You for reading, commenting and sharing my posts this year. If you have been blessed in anyway by these posts, I am grateful to God and sweet Holy Spirit for the opportunity to join in His agenda for your life.
It is my prayer that 2015 will be greater for all of us as we discover and pursue God’s purpose for our lives.
Thanks for flying with me! The next shot is the big one!

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