Living a Life of Purpose

Ephesians 2:10 ESV
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Foundation of a Purposeful Life
Walking in Purpose
Trusting God’s Timing and Providence

1. Foundation of a Purposeful Life

When we think of this, what comes to mind?
There is a proliferation of self help books on this subject such as Anthony Robbins
Solomon wholeheartedly immersed himself in many endeavors seeking purpose and meaning
He had the means, funding, support, influence, popularity, and power to fully indulge himself without any obstacles. Yet he concluded it was all vain
Ecclesiastes 2:10 ESV
And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
Examples of Self-centered focus
Rich Young Ruler (Matt 10)
Rich Fool (LK 12)
James 4:13 ESV
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—
James 4:14 ESV
yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
James 4:15 ESV
Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:16 ESV
As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

2. Walking in Purpose

Colossians 3:23–24 ESV
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
I encourage you to live a purposeful life in all areas - work, relationships, and community
Keep in mind that you are a servant of the Most High!
1 John 1:7 ESV
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
John 3:19 ESV
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
Bible example of people hating the light
Jesus declared to the Jews in John 8 Before Abraham was I am
Stephen in Acts 7 preaching to a stiffnecked people
High Priest in Matt 26 taring his clothes

3. Trusting God’s Timing and Providence

Psalm 27:14 ESV
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
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