The Purpose for Our Life

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!

Intentionally Purposeful 

Helen Keller was born in 1880, and at 19 months old, she was stricken with an acute illness that left her both deaf and blind. Nevertheless, in 1904, she was able to graduate from Radcliffe College with honors. I think it was she that when asked, “What could be worse, than being deaf and blind?” answered by saying, “Having sight with no vision…”

Being able to physically see, but not being sure where you need to go, can be frustrating. You may be experiencing this right now. However, we see from Helen Keller that if our mind is set on a goal, we can achieve it, even if we cannot see it with natural eyes. This is why being humble enough to receive guidance is necessary. Deaf and blind, or fully functional, at some point in this life we will all need the help of others. The way you see and receive what is brought to you can mean the difference between failure and graduating with honors.

In my understanding sight is more of a physical ability, and vision is more of mental capability. For example: Two people can look at the same object. One sees a worthless rock and kicks it aside; while the other sees a diamond, and begins a financial empire. They both have sight, but depth of vision produced two totally different outcomes. How many opportunities have you missed because of a lack of vision?

Remember, vision is more than just observing what is in front of us; it is being able to see what is in front of us and using that to take us through what lies ahead. One person can be fired from a job and only see that they are unemployed and need someone else to work for; while another person gets fired by the same employer, but instead of finding someone else to work for, they see an opportunity to create their own business, become an employer, and never get fired again.

The Bible tells us to write down our vision plainly so that when read, it is easily understood. This is not a new concept. Take into account that when business owners seek to start their business, they have to create what is called a business plan. A business plan is a blueprint or a map that shows how the business will operate, who it benefits, how much it will cost to run, projected income, and who is responsible for it. If it takes a plan to successfully run a business shouldn’t we at least have a plan to run our lives?

Ask yourself this question. Do I have a plan (vision) for my life, or am I just existing or being driven by someone else’s vision? If you don’t have a plan for your life, you have nothing to refer to when you want to make sure you are on track.

I read a book that said it was more necessary to know why you were born, than to know the fact that you were birthed. To accomplish your vision, you must have a clear understanding of the purpose for your life. Clarity of purpose will keep you from being derailed by distractions. I agree with that statement and have recently been convicted of the unintentionality at times in my life. That conviction has caused me to sit down and through prayer write out what I felt was God’s purpose in my life. That experience has caused me to look at my work in ministry through a different lens. I believe God wants us to be intentional in our lives in order to accomplish what He has purposed for.

I therefore challenge you to sit down with pen and paper and no distractions (this means put up your phone) and through prayer write out what God has purposed you for. We must understand that our lives are more important than a business, and therefore deserve to be guided and cared for with a plan. Please don’t be the one that looks back five years from now only to discover that you are that person with physical sight but absolutely no vision.