PURPOSE

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.  Mark 10:45 NIV

 

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I watched a television show that stated a dog needed a job to do or it would be bored and confused.  Herding breeds are specialists at gathering, herding and protecting livestock.  Dogs in the working group are bred to assist humans.  They guard property, pull sleds and work in search and rescue teams.  Dogs are trained for a purpose and earn favorable things as a reward for their service.

Purpose is defined as the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.  Humans as well as dogs seek a purpose for their lives.  The media is full of books and movies such as A Dog’s Purpose and The Purpose Driven Life exploring our quest for our individual purpose.

Jesus clearly knew his purpose.  In Mark 10, he tells us that he came to serve others and give his life as a ransom for many.  Jesus never lost sight of that goal.  In his day-to-day activities, he built relationships.  He served others no matter what their need and willingly died on a tree that all who believed in him as their Savior would have everlasting life.

God created us to know Him and to have fellowship with Him.  Adam and Eve knew their purpose and enjoyed an intimate relationship with their Creator.  It went downhill quickly and we severed our friendship with God when sin entered the picture.  All of us have been searching for our purpose since the Garden of Eden.

God loves you.  He gave his one and only son so that we might believe and be restored to fellowship with our Heavenly Father.  God is with us.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.  He is by our side helping us in all we do.  He will equip you to carry out your purpose.  You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.  Our main purpose is to love God with all that we are and have and love others as we love ourselves.

As you search for your purpose in serving remember you are an individual.  No one else is exactly like you.  Seek God first and all the other things will fall into place.  Give God first place in all you are or ever hope to be.  Romans 12:1 tells us, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Present your life to Him, a living sacrifice as this is your high calling and your purpose.

 

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