Listen to these amazing words found in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
We have a purpose! We are more than just a chance combination of carbon and water that will consume resources and then someday disintegrate into dust. No, my friends, we have been hand-crafted by God to accomplish good works that He designed just for us. There are reasons that we are here!
As we established in our last conversation, our most basic purpose is found in love - loving God and loving people. We may strive for many other things, but without love, it will count for nothing. Listen to I Corinthians 13:1-3 as found in The Message:
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
And when describing purpose, the Apostle Paul used the human body as an illustration. This passage is found in I Corinthians 12:21-26 (NIV):
“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
I’m grateful for every part of my body — and I do mean every part! Each part serves a purpose — and some of them, some of the seemingly less important ones, serve an indispensable purpose! The point is this — every part has a purpose — and my whole body is thankful when every part accomplishes its purpose!
So when you consider your purpose, never forget that each of us has a role to fill — and God is counting on you to do your best to accomplish that purpose!
Listen, I’m a pastor, but I’ll never be a Rick Warren or Joel Osteen. Those guys amaze me and they play a very important role in the body. I’m a pastor of a little church, in a little community, in the middle of the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. But I know that God has placed me here and I have an indispensable purpose to fulfill in His plan. I don’t want to waste one moment of my life regretting the fact that I’m not someone else. God being my help, I want to be exactly who He designed me to be. And let me tell you, I am so grateful to be living in Williamsport and enjoying the privilege of being a small part of this beautiful community.
And I am pleased to report that I know many people who are also fulfilling their purpose every day! Everywhere I go, I see people working hard and serving and making our community a better place. When we are “faithful in the little things”, our purposes are fulfilled and the body is released to fulfill its potential!
Friend, don’t spend one day of your life regretting that you’re not someone or something else. God made you to be you — and we need you to be the best you can be! Don’t ever believe that your purpose is unimportant! Without you, and the indispensable purpose that you fulfill, we would be less. Yes, my friend, you are that important!
God loves you.
God has a holy purpose for your life.
Grasp those two amazing statements and you are well on your way to knowing the Good News of Jesus Christ! We’ll talk more next week. Until then, please be praying for our neighbors in Texas. They need every one of us — and you have an important role to play in their recovery. See - you have a purpose!