The Purpose Driven Life
Hebrews 2:10, Colossians 1:16
March 21, 2004
Jesus, as the Captain, serves as leader or originator of our salvation. He leads the way into heaven as our very source.
Over the last several weeks we have learned that it's all about God, not me. The purpose of your life is far greater than your happiness. It's far greater than your personal fulfillment, success, your dreams or ambitions. You were made by God and for God. And, until we understand this, life doesn't make sense. You were made for God and the Bible says that God made us for His forever family. The purpose of history is that God is creating a family forever, and you were made to last forever.
Now, this is the most basic truth you have to learn about life; that life is not about you, it is about God. You were made for God, and you were made to live with God forever in eternity, and you exist for God, not vice versa. When you understand that, that changes everything. It changes your priorities and your perspectives, and a lot of other things.
We also learned that life is preparation for eternity, In Eccl. 3:11, "He has put eternity in their hearts." Often the question is asked, "What is the meaning of life?" It is preparation for eternity. It's why God put us here, to prepare us for what He's going to do in our lives for all eternity. Every one of us knows that intuitively somewhere inside of us. There's more to life than just here and now. Once you understand that, once I get a hold of that, that I was made to last forever, that proves my significance, above anything else in the world.
Rev. 14:13 (NKJV), "Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, 'Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, 'that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.'"
Joe Wright, "I am a bank manager in Cartersville. A little over a week ago I was in my office at about 3:30 and I noticed ...
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