Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

Putting Purpose in Perspective

       Putting Purpose in Perspective

                                               June 22, 2014

 

 

Romans 8:27-30 NKJV

 

Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the  will  of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to  be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

 

The question of purpose has deflected many into confusion over what direction to take with their lives.

 

The purpose we have been called to is not some selfish edict of personal accomplishment, but a much larger picture being brought about by the master artist with each of us a significant brush stroke upon a canvas of destiny.

 

Our purpose for being here was never intended to become a quest that consumed our lives, but a simple act of obedience that brought completion to our existence by being the hands and feet of God here on earth, according to His word, and not based upon worldly fulfillment.

 

 

 

 

We are not here to make a profit.
We are here to make a difference.

 

 

Mark 10:17-22 NKJV

 

Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is,  God.  You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

 

The untruth of the purpose of wealth has become one of the major stumbling blocks in the body of Christ. Deuteronomy 8:18 tells us that it is God who gives us the power to get wealth. Yet millions of believers have misdirected their walks with God over the subject of money.

 

 

Here in Mark 10, we find the classic dilemma of a life that seems to have it all together, but Jesus calls out the “one thing” rule. The rich young ruler seemingly has it all together...except for one thing...his life is not his own. The ruler himself is a ruled man...ruled by money.

God does not need our cash. What we do with our cash is simply a watermark of our obedience to God.  To prove the motives of his heart, Jesus told him to go and sell everything if he wanted to follow him. The scripture tells us that the rich young ruler went away sad....for to him....his money was his bondage.

We must live lives free from bondage. It is God’s ultimate best for us. When we serve God in freedom, nothing controls our hearts toward God. We have freely received...we should likewise be able to freely give.

 

 

 

We do not struggle for His entertainment 
We press forward for His Glory

 

II Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV

 

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 

Some religions actually teach that in our adversity, we should offer it up to God as a sacrifice. While this is a seemingly noble gesture, it brings God NO glory. His purpose for our lives does not include making it miserable.

 

The ultimate goal for our lives is that we walk through our difficulties with joy in our hearts. Once we understand that these, as Second Corinthians calls them, “light afflictions”, are here not as an obstacle course, but as a watermark of our faith, the sooner we will connect with God’s true purpose  for our lives.

 

We were born with overcomer DNA. We have been made to conquer. You cannot be a conqueror until you have conquered something. One word that every believer should affix to his forehead is the word “temporary”.  Here in 2 Corinthians 4, we see that Paul is imperative about impressing upon us that these things we go through are not meant to be 20 miles of bad highway, but  potholes of life that we ride out and move on.  If you can see it...it won’t be here long...if you can’t see it...It’s part of our ultimate destiny.

 

We have not entered into a Laboring task
We labor for the upward call of the Most High God

 

Philippians 3:12-16 NKJV

 

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I  do,  forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the  degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

 

From ancient times, the Jews traveled sometimes many miles to gather in the temple and worship God. They did not come in SUVs and luxury cars....they came, most of them, on foot in less than friendly climate. Today, you have to beg people on television and internet to come to church...and still attendance numbers fall. Some say it’s a sign of the times...I simply say it’s a people without a clue of their purpose and destiny.

 

Mankind has done a sparkling job of painting worship to God as some kind of horrific job or labor that must be accomplished to keep the angry God happy.  What makes God the most happy is when we gather with a joyful heart to lift up his name and give him Glory.

As a child, I attended a church with my family that had a certain order of “religious responsibilities” every year in the Easter season...and they were called “Easter duties”. I always thought it odd that the act of worshipping an awesome God that gives you every good and perfect gift....a “duty”.  God has not called us to the purpose of slavery, but Christ has set us free that we might join him as an heir of the most High God....worshipping Him and honoring Him as sons and daughters. His purpose for us is not to enslave us....but to empower us. 

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