“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.” Winston Churchill
How do you define your purpose? Why are you here? Who are you? What happens after this life?
Your life purpose consists of the central motivating aims of your life—the reasons you get up in the morning. Purpose is to guide life decisions, influence your behavior, shape your goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning.
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Hill Cities, the organization I founded and lead has this as a purpose statement:
Hill Cities serves men to go deeper with God and each other to fulfill their destiny.
How important do you think it is to know God’s Eternal Purpose? The Apostle Paul states in Ephesians 3:3,4 that God’s purpose is a mystery. That it had to be revealed to him by God.
The Jews, Paul said, were insulated from the rest of the world. They were God’s chosen people. God wanted them holy, to be a nation that reflected God’s glory. They were unable to keep the agreement they made with God to follow him.
What blew his mind was that the nations of the world are now included in God’s eternal plan of reconciling all of humanity to himself through the bloody cross of Jesus Christ.
Jesus spread out his arms on the cross to bring humanity together!
Paul said he was “given grace” to proclaim the new agreement God made with the nations of the world. He said the “multicolored wisdom of God” is now to be made known through his people brought near to him through the blood of Jesus.
By “multicolored wisdom” I am sure Paul had in mind the different races and colors of the world’s people being reconciled to God through Christ. I think of it as a “many colored quilt sewn by God’s Spirit.” My wife is a quilter and now that I think about it, so is God! God is quilter taking the various pieces of torn humanity and sewing them into one beautiful work of art.
This “many sided” wisdom of God is to be made known to the unseen and the seen universe; to the spiritual and the physical worlds. This was to reveal the cosmic impact of Jesus’s victory on the cross. Paul said, this is “the eternal purpose” of God that had been hidden.
We are told in Ephesians 3:12 “we have bold and confident access to God through faith in Jesus Christ.” Paul then prays a bold prayer that I believe we should memorize and pray in light of this “eternal purpose.”
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations [n]forever and ever. Amen.
Are you willing to “own” your part in God’s eternal purpose? This is where you will truly “come alive” with passion and purpose!
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