Paul: From the very hour of Paul’s conversion, he knew the purpose for his life because Jesus gave him that purpose. “But the Lord said to him (Ananias), “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15). As Paul grew in his relationship with the Lord, his purpose became clearer and he pursued it with laser focus. Notice these references and how Paul is crystal clear on what his purpose was:
In the very first letter Paul wrote, he says, “But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;” (Galatians 1:15–16).
“Thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation,” (Romans 15:20). What is your one ambition in life? If it does not line up with God’s purpose for you, then it’s a wrong ambition.
(Read all verses) “To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things,” (Ephesians 3:8–13).
How clearly do you see God's purpose for your life? Have you let people (Gal. 3:1) or things (Luke 14:15-24) hinder you living your purpose? It is not too late! Accept the reproof and discipline of the Lord and see His grace flow into your life for living God's purpose (Revelation 3:19-22).
Notice how Jesus gives us the great model and purpose for ministry. “And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.” (Luke 4:42–44).
Is God making your purpose very clear? Like Jesus, are you willing to pursue that purpose and not allow anyone or anything to divert your energies and attention (See also Galatians 3:1)? Tomorrow we will look at the Apostle Paul and how he lived his purpose. If you understand God's purpose for your life and begin to pursue it, this would be the greatest Christmas gift of your life!
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