New Hope Notes
When Your Purpose is Your Priority
Discovering Your Potential
Pastor Elwin Ahu
If you don’t know where you’re going, then any path will get you there. And if we don’t know what our purpose is, we can get sucked into lies. Sometimes when we don’t live up to everything that our parents want us to be, we get frustrated. However, before we were even born, God instilled our purpose on us so our goal should be to discover what that purpose is and to make that our priority.
“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; an in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” (Ps. 139:16)
Life is not about who you are or who you THINK you are, but about discovering the purpose that God imprinted on your life. Oftentimes we confuse our roles in life with our true purpose. For example, many women think that their purpose is to be a good helper to their husband and to care for their children. While all that may be true, that’s not the full extent of God’s purpose for them. Their purpose extends beyond that. Teenagers, you may think that you purpose is to be a good student and to bring home good grades; but again, that’s not all. God has more in store for you than that.
To truly understand your purpose, there are some other things that you need to understand first. The first being…
1. GOD CREATED YOU.
“But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!’”(Is. 43:1)
God created you, so neither you, nor other people (e.g., parents, friends, teachers, coaches, etc.) can determine who you are. Their opinions are really just that…opinions (or guesses even). Let me illustrate it this way. I have some art pieces here to show you. Tell me what you think these are [Jared’s drawings, Brandon’s ceramic piece, Elwin’s ceramic piece]. In most cases, you didn’t know what they were, or if you did get the answer correct, it was really just a good guess. But, if I ask Jared, Brandon, and Elwin what those art pieces are, they know. But why?
Why do they know what those things are but it is so hard for the rest of us to figure it out? The answer is simple, but maybe not obvious: it’s because they create the pieces! They are the creators so they KNOW what the pieces were intended to be. Similarly, God is our Creator so He know what our intent or purpose is to be. He created us with a purpose. Anyone’s thought of what that purpose is may be right, but just because they think it, it doesn’t make it our purpose. Only God knows our purpose and don’t let anyone tell you anything different. He instilled it in us when He created and it is up to us to discover what that purpose is.
I can’t see how the evolutionists can think that the complexity of the human body – the biology, chemistry, etc. – came about in nature by chance. We are so complex, so when you think of how many occurrences of something needs to happen to achieve one positive random change, and then consider the odds of the number of these “random” occurrences that would need to occur in order to achieve the complexity of our world…it’s just not realistic.
When you don’t understand that God created you and that He has a purpose for you, you lead a life of chance.
· GOD ADOPTED YOU.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” (Eph. 2:4-5)
Not only did God love you but He also adopted you. If you don’t understand that, and seek out His purpose for you, you will love a life of default.
My son Jared lives a “whatever” kind of life. He doesn’t understand everything that we (Joy and I) went through to adopt him and give him the life that he is now living. He doesn’t know that we had never intended to go to China but ended up there because I finally agreed after being bugged so much by others that I finally agreed just to get them to stop bugging me. He doesn’t know that the only reason we ended up in the foster facility that he was at because we wandering the streets of China for the first three days we were there and had nothing else to do. He doesn’t remember that from Joy’s first step into the room, he reached out to her and that she picked him up and didn’t put him down for the entire time that we were there, or that she asked the foster care folks if we could just sign some papers to take him right then.
He doesn’t know that people aren’t allowed to pick their own adoptive child but rather that the government matches children to adoptive families but that it was only through an unusual set of circumstances that his foster family in China found us and asked us if we wanted to adopt him. He doesn’t understand how God orchestrated things such at 9 months to the day of when we submitted our application for adoption (similar timing to a pregnancy), we got a call saying that we could adopt him. He doesn’t understand how difficult it was for me (a pake) to stick checks in the mail to some organization just based on their word that he would eventually be ours. He doesn’t understand the love that was extended across the oceans to bring him here. He doesn’t understand that now but we hope and pray that he will someday.
And when he does, our hope is that he will live that same sort of sacrificial life for someone else, that was lived for him.
2. YOUR PURPOSE WILL BE DEFINED BY THE DEGREE OF YOUR LOVE FOR HIM.
In this passage, Paul is saying to be imitators of God. Paul is painting the picture of a child loving their father so much that they copy them. Little kids look at their fathers and try to imitate them. (Warning to fathers: watch how you live. They are watching you and want to imitate you.)
As you live your life, imitate your Father but it…
· REQUIRES A LIFE OF SACRIFICE;
“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.” (1 Pet. 2:21)
Life, folks, is not about you and your comfort. It’s not about being served but about serving.
3. LIFE’S PURPOSE: PREPARATION FOR ETERNITY.
Life is all about what’s going to happen later. We’re just passing through!
“For many walk…that…are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;” (Phil. 3:18-20)
It’s so easy to forget that we’re just passing through this place…that our home is in heaven. We spend so much time unpacking our bags here and trying to get comfortable instead of just preparing to go home. It’s like when you go to a hotel and you know that you’re only going to be there for a couple of days. Do you paint the walls? Fix the tv? Change out the plumbing fixtures? Similarly with our temporary stay on earth…why not just spend our time preparing ourselves to got back home [to heaven]?
“For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.” (Rev. 7:15)
They serve Him. Heaven will be such a spectacular place and we will be a part of creating that atmosphere.
I recently met a guy who meets with country leaders. He met with a government leader and by the end of their meeting, the leader wanted to receive Christ. He received the Holy Spirit and he is governing and influencing a country of 93 million people. This same gentleman met with another government leader of a country of 200 million people – with similar results.
This church [New Hope] is making a difference in this world. You need to be a part of that. Your [God’s] purpose needs to be your highest priority.
In this world, there are so many influences and so many people who have an opinion of who we should be. But in order for us to truly understand our purpose, we need to understand that God created us and He has already defined – and instilled in us – who we are and what our purpose is. The goal for us then is to try to discover what that purpose is and to make that our highest priority.
Your purpose will be defined by your degree of your love for Him and it will require suffering and sacrifice, just as He has done for us. We are called to be imitators of God, which in this world is not always an easy thing. But when we also remember that we are just passing through this place, that this life is just preparation of for eternity, and that our ultimate destination will in heaven with our Father, prioritizing our life to live according to God’s purposes seems the only way to go.
1. What has been suggested to you is your purpose in this life?
2. What is the difference between your role and your purpose?
3. What do you believe God’s purpose is for you?
4. What sacrifices are you willing, or not willing, to make in this life for God’s purpose?
5. How do you think this life is preparing your for eternity?