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The Power of One Purpose

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"But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."   Acts 20:24
 

“Why am I here and what is my purpose?” That is a question on the hearts and minds of many people. It seems that as time marches on we wrestle with the brevity of life and the words of CT Studd ring true, “Only one life ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” No one wants to look back on his or her life and feel that it was meaningless.

A significant role the Church must play in the lives of its individual members is that of helping them identify and fulfill their God given purpose. Every Christian has a high calling, to be like the Lord, to do the works that He did, and to represent Him to this world. Therefore, it is worth reminding each Christian that everything they do can have eternal significance for the people around them and really beyond.

So many pastors look out upon the gathered crowds each weekend and see the untapped potential and the words of Jesus seem to ring true, “For many are called, but few are chosen”(Matthew 22:14). This passage could refer to many things – the fact that God’s gracious invitation to salvation has been extended to many, but only those who accept by faith will be in attendance at this great feast in heaven. But I also see this passage speaking of the fact that many have come to know their callings, but few go on to fulfill them. Many are called to do great things, but they do not fulfill those callings because they do not give themselves to the little things.

The first step toward fulfilling our God given purpose is to understand that there are no insignificant tasks. In Jesus’ parable of the talents He shares the words of the master to his servant in Matthew 25:21, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”The principle is clear, if we will do whatever it is we are doing now with all our heart like we are doing it for the Lord we will do great things. In other words if you will face every task with that passion and devotion to excellence that His work deserves, you will do great things because greatness will be in you as a Spirit filled child of God. Remember, Colossians 1:27 says, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Go on to your destined greatness with the power of one purpose.

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