Act 13:36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,
This verse is one of the first verses that comes to my mind when I think about purpose. David a man with many failures in life served the purpose of God in his generation. Regardless of all his mistakes the purpose in which God called David too was fulfilled. This is my prayer; my desire is to serve the purpose that God has called me too in my generation. This is my prayer for you my friend too!
When I think of purpose I also think of the apostle Paul who was locked up in a prison cell in Rome. Paul with a possible death sentence hanging over his head wrote these words in Philippians 1:19‐21, “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Paul here is in prison for preaching the gospel, but he’s in prison preaching the gospel! Paul here could’ve been discouraged and upset but instead he understands his purpose, he says to live is Christ, and to die is gain! Paul is saying it doesn’t matter what you do to me: If I live or if I die…Jesus will be magnified! If I live I am going to live for Him and if I die I am going to be with Him! I can’t lose!
How was Paul able to have such confidence and boldness? I believe one of the key factors to Paul’s success was his understanding of the purpose. And how did he know what that purpose was? Because one day, on the road to Damascus, on his way to arrest some Christians, he got blasted off his horse and fell on his face in the dirt, where Jesus spoke to him. And when Paul was before King Agrippa he testified of what Jesus spoke to him, Jesus said, “But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:16‐18)
Paul understood exactly what his purpose was! God had a plan for his life. My friends, we must know that we were created for a purpose. As Paul continued to speak to King Agrippa, the roadmap to our purpose was revealed. In Acts 26:19‐20 he continues to speak, “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”
We must repent and turn to God! We must do works meet for repentance! Another translation says, “Do things that prove they had changed their lives.” First comes salvation, and then the opportunity to live out the purpose God had for us. Our number one purpose in our generation is to glorify God! That is our ultimate purpose. We are to love the Lord thy God with all of our heart, and with all of our soul, and with all of our mind, and with all of our strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30) We are to let our lights shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify God. (Matthew 5:16) We should do all to the glory of the Lord and we should do it heartily as to the Lord and not as unto men. (Colossians 3:23) We are bought with a price: therefore we should glorify God in our bodies, and in our spirits, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:20) We glorify God in our bodies through walking in holiness: presenting our bodies as living sacrifices that are acceptable unto God. (Romans 12:1) Friends, whatever you may accomplish in this life nothing will compare to fulfilling Gods purpose for you which is leveraging your life for God’s glory!