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Responding to the Call of God (2 of 5)
Today, we continue our series through the book of Jonah. I've entitled this series God's Relentless Grace because that's exactly what we see in this short, Old Testament book. We see God's grace to a wicked city, God's grace to a disobedient prophet, and God's grace to each and every person on the face of the earth. READ TEXT
Today, from Jonah 1:1-17 I want to talk to you about your purpose in life. What's your purpose in life? Why are you here upon this earth? *Pollsters say, ''1 out of 5 Americans feel life is meaningless.'' Jesus recognized such feelings in His day when He noted they were like sheep without a shepherd. To all those people wandering in a wilderness without meaning, Jesus has promised purpose and hope.*
*In his bestselling devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers says, ''Beware lest you forget God's purpose for your life.''*
*Here's an easy question. What is the primary purpose of an ink pen? The answer, of course, is to write. This is a Mont Blanc Rollerball pen. Or, excuse me, they don't call them pens, they call them ''writing instruments.'' This is a Bic Round Stic that costs $1.99 for a 12 pack. I think that's about 16¢ per pen. Which one am I going to use? Well, even though this ''writing instrument'' sells for somewhere around $400, it's useless. Because it's out of ink. But this Bic pen writes like a dream. A Mont Blanc that is out of ink may be pretty to look at, but it is a failure as a pen; it is not fulfilling its purpose. It is useless. When it comes time to endorse your paycheck, you'll bypass the expensive pen and use a 16¢ Bic that works. Just as a pen has a primary purpose, every individual that God has created has a primary purpose. Our lives will be without meaning, we'll be failures, unless we find out what is our purpose - our reason for living.*
A lot of us go through life and we try to be ...
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