Saturday, December 5, 2009

Find your purpose, your dream?! Gospel

Do you wish to find your 'purpose' in life? Is your purpose then to be found in what you desire, in what you want, in your dreams? Surely that's the way 'purpose' is often portrayed or defined by the 'experts', those who are appealing to your cravings.
I doubt you will find your purpose or your fulfillment (satisfaction) in this life by looking within, for who are we to determine what is proper and right?! We must look to another source, we must look to that which is far beyond our pitiful reasoning, we must look to God almighty and we do this by looking to His WORD.
Will you be satisfied in being successful?? Once again a definition is crucial, what exactly would you define as 'success'? Well whatever answer comes to mind, I ask you now to examine that same response from your deathbed. If you lived a 'full' life and say at 70+ you are upon your deathbed, what would bring you peace? What would cause you regret? What things would you consider from that place a total WASTE of your time and energy?
I beg you to look at something else, far more important that what you could define as your 'dream' or 'vision' for your life, because you may indeed find contentment in ignorance ('ignorance is bliss' so they say). It is by far more important to consider these two questions in your life:
WHY WAS I CREATED?
WHAT DO I NEED?
This is by far more important than 'discovering who you are' and what you want out of life, because you could very well get what YOU want out of life and be ROBBED of life: that IS a wasted life!
The scriptures are absolutely clear that God is in need of nothing and that what we see was NOT created then out of need, but out of mere enjoyment. In otherwords God created YOU for His own pleasure, God created you for Him. All things were created by Him and for Him.
Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
Newsflash! It's not about YOU, it's about HIM! Christ is the center of all things, He is the center of salvation, of eternity and CREATION! You then are called and created to WORSHIP Him, such worship (absolute surrender) He deserves and demands!
However there is yet another problem: What you NEED!
Ok, so you were created to worship, to love, to serve, to obey, to follow Jesus and so perhaps you say to yourself 'ok I'll give that a shot' or 'wait a minute, I don't think I'm that kind of person'. The good news is that God already knows that you can't do this. In fact the problem is greater then you NOT being able to serve and worship God, but the fact that you are ALREADY rebelling and fighting against God. You see God does NOT separate His laws from Himself, which means when you sin, you sin AGAINST God (everytime) and each sin demands punishment. Each sin is an act of treason against the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, it's a terrorist attack against the Sovereign Kingdom of God! So then you/we have the dilemma of not being able to erase our sins, we are unable to 'make up' these heinous crimes against HIS majesty. So since we are unable to SAVE ourselves, we surely don't deserve it and it's clear that we CANNOT earn it, we then MUST HAVE A SAVIOR! The one who saves is JESUS Christ! HOW? By taking the place of the wicked, by taking and suffering their punishment. So the JUST wrath of God against sin/sinners is poured out on JESUS CHRIST (the LAMB OF GOD who takes away the sin of the world JOHN 1:29) and His worth, His righteousness is given to those who believe, He clears the debt and gives perfect credit before God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
What then must you do to be saved? You MUST repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ! This means you must forsake your sin, forsake your efforts to bribe God, to balance out your wickedness with 'good' deeds and you must throw yourself at the feet of Jesus, believing and confessing that if He doesn't save you and change you then you are doomed. ".....Lord have mercy on me a sinner!....this man went to his house justified...." Luke 18:13,14
You Do not have to DIE in ignorance, wasting your life for a mirage, nor do you have to die under the wrath of God to be poured out upon your soul for eternity in Hell, YET you MUST believe on Jesus Christ, You MUST hope in Him alone, You MUST trust in Him and FOLLOW Him, The Lord has not only provided access to the door of salvation but has also provided for the journey to heaven. In otherwords, God does the impossible in forgiving and saving you, and performs a miracle WITHIN you, giving you the desire and ability to follow, to love, to worship Him: such a miracle that it's referred as being BORN-AGAIN!
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

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