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Live on Purpose

Live on Purpose

Everyone wonders what their purpose in life is. Why am I here? Is there a reason I exist, or is life an accident? 

A question we must all answer or it will be answered for us. 

Like a compass, having a purpose helps us know what’s the point of our life. 

Who was John the Baptist? 

John 1:19-23 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 

He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” 

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”

Finally, they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’

John knows his purpose. What God created him for.

We can also have that level of clarity for our purpose. How?

Luke 1:80  And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.

We need to become strong in the Spirit to know our purpose. Because the purpose isn’t about what we want, but what God wants. 

John also knows what his purpose isn’t. What God didn’t create him for.

Despite what we heard growing up, we can’t be anything we want to be. 

2 types of purposes, general and specific.

Specific: your personal and unique purpose in life. 

General: applies to everyone, or everyone in a category.  

General comes first, then we can know the specific. Which one are we most interested in? The order matters. 

John 3:26-30 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”

To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”

Knowing our purpose gives us the right goal/focus. 

Joy is a result of living on purpose. 

Can only receive what’s given from heaven. Are you aligned with heaven? 

If you don’t have Jesus in your life, how can you hear his direction for your life? 

Submission goes before purpose. 

Purpose helps us resist sin. Because it keeps us humble. 

Purpose in our culture is sold as a life with no suffering, more independence, happiness, and health. 

John was thrown in prison and executed. 

Jesus living on purpose led to his suffering so did John’s life; don’t expect a different path for us. 

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” -Viktor Frankl

Our purpose is what helps us persevere through times of suffering. If you’re going through hard times, don’t give up.

Knowing our purpose leads to action.

Are your daily decisions helping you step towards your purpose or away from it? 

John 10:40 - 42 

Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus.

Because John lived on purpose, lives were changed. John made a path for many to be with the Lord. 

Living on purpose has an effect beyond what we can see. 

What decisions can you make that clarify your purpose, and what actions will allow you to live it out at home, school, and work. 

Let’s live our lives on purpose!