Sun, 31 January 2016
January 31, 2016
Living On Purpose
Synopsis: Would you describe your life as “Living on Purpose” or just by accident? It is sometimes described as living proactively verses living reactively. And no, I am not drawing by message from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Lifealthough there are a lot of similarities. I am really looking at two different passages with striking similarities. The first is Jeremiah who was destined to be the prophet of God even before he was born (Jeremiah 1:4-10). The other is Jesus (Luke 4:14-30) who was also destined to be prophet, among other things, before he was born. The message they proclaimed was not well received by those who were in charge. Jeremiah was thrown into a pit and Jesus, after he read from Isaiah in the Synagogue in Nazareth was taken out to be thrown off a cleft. I think it is safe to say that both of these characters were living on purpose.
First of all, let me make it clear that neither of these two characters were accidents. They were part of God’s plan and so are you. They were voices of God speaking the will of God to the people of God.
Before their birth and until their death both Jeremiah and Jesus lived their purpose before anyone around them realized it. I think the main reason other never realized it was because they didn’t want to hear it. Although Jeremiah and Jesus tried to tell others their purpose their message was not limited to words. Their actions revealed their purpose.
I am using the word “living” as an action verb thus present tense. In the past tense it becomes an adjective that others use to define the purpose of our lives. In other words, people use their observation of our “living” to define our purpose just as much as, maybe even more, than they use our words. The purpose of our living is never defined by our words alone. If our “living” does not project our purpose, then our words will not either. So I ask you, “Are you “living on purpose” or just by accident?” How does your living define your purpose?
Text (NLT): Jeremiah 1:4-10; Luke 4:21-30
Scripture Reading: Psalm 71:1-6