PURPOSE IN LIFE

Pinpointing Your Priorities

KEYS FOR LIVING - PURPOSE IN LIFE

Pinpointing Your Priorities

Purpose thrives on believing what’s possible, on dreaming up what can be, and by working passionately in the here and now. Nowhere in this equation is there room for what was, what didn’t work, and what could have been.
 
God wants your attention in the present. He wants you to “look straight ahead” because what He has for you is not behind you, it is in front of you.  History, especially personal history, has its role to play in our journeys. Often, we attempt to live in a place we should only visit.  Learn from your past and then keep going. This is no longer your home. 
 
What’s one action you are able to do today to prove you are moving past your past and moving toward God's purpose for you?
 

“Why … am I here?”

With six billion people on planet earth, is my life really significant? Can one life truly make a difference … truly have impact … truly matter? The answer is an absolute “yes” because … you have been made purposefully … you are part of a great master plan. The Bible makes this point plain …

“The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” 

Psalm 33:11

What Is Your Purpose in Life? 

  • Your purpose in life is that which gives you a reason for living, the reason why God put you here on earth. 
  • Your purpose in life is an expression of your personal significance to God. 
  • Your purpose in life will be unique to you, based on God’s personalized plan for you. 
  • “To live is Christ …” The Apostle Paul found all meaning in life tied to one person, his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All his striving, struggling, serving was for the glory of another. “Self” was sacrificed … even crucified … for the cause of Christ.
  • “And to die is gain …” (Philippians 1:21) Paul would continue, because he knew that the end of this temporal, physical life meant the beginning of an eternity of living in the very presence of Jesus. Could Paul have known that even after his death his purpose in life would continue on so powerfully. And, as Paul stated, it is … “In him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the works of your hands.”

Psalm 138:8

What Is My Significance? 

  • Your significance means your importance. 
  • Your significance refers to your personal value, your individual worth. 

“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”

Psalm 57:2

Characteristics of Misplaced Purposes 

Externally focused 

Materialistic 

Pleasure seeking 

Task oriented 

Insecure 

Negative thinking 

Escaping reality 

Sexually promiscuous 

Status seeking 

Common Questions

Question:
“I don’t feel like my life has purpose. Is there any hope for me?”

Answer:
Yes. You can have hope—you were created by the God of hope. In the Bible, God says that He created you with a specific plan for your life. Your life can be filled with hope and purpose when you choose to follow God’s will.

Question:
“I’ve always felt insignificant when comparing myself to others who are more gifted and accomplished than I am. How can I stop feeling insignificant?”

Answer:
You already have God-given significance … not because of anything you have done, but because of what Christ has done for you.

  • You are significant enough that God created you in His image. (Genesis 1:26)
  • You are significant enough that the Lord designed a preplanned future for you.(Psalm 40:5)
  • You are significant enough that Jesus died on the cross for you.(John 3:16)

Realize that Jesus would not die for anything or anyone insignificant. You, indeed, have God-given worth.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Luke 12:6‑7

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Grace Filled Words:

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the works of your hands.”

Psalm 138:8

“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”

Psalm 57:2

Additional Scriptures: 

Colossians 2:9–10

2 Corinthians 5:17

Ephesians 2:10

Proverbs 19:21

Isaiah 1:19

Psalm 27:14

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