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What's in Your Hand? (5 of 7)
Series: Forty Days of Purpose
Introduction: A college professor, an avowed atheist, told his class that he intended to prove to them that God didn't exist. Addressing the ceiling he shouted: "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you 15 minutes!" The lecture room fell silent. You could have heard a pin fall. Ten minutes went by. Again he taunted God, saying, "Here I am, God. I'm still waiting."
He smiled at the class as he counted down to the last couple of minutes. Near the rear of the class, a student looked around and quietly stood up. He was a big guy, a Marine - just released from active duty and newly registered in the class. The Marine walked up to the professor without saying a word. He approached the teacher, reared back and hit him full force, and sent him tumbling from his lofty platform.
The stunned professor just lay there for a minute! The students were shocked. The young Marine took a seat in the front row and sat silent. When the professor finally came around, he looked up at the young Marine. "What's the matter with you? Why did you do that?" he demanded. "God told me to tell you he was busy so He sent me!"
It may not be exactly like that but God has an assignment for you today. He wants to send you into his service. Today we move to the fourth purpose for which God made us. Using Rick Warren's roadmap for our search for the Bible's answer to "what on earth am I here for," we've discovered that we are "planned for God's pleasure. God put us here to worship him. Secondly, we were formed for God's family. He fashioned us to live in fellowship with others. True believers need the support and encouragement of others in the family of the church. Last week, we examined the third purpose. We were created for Christ-likeness. The Bible calls this discipleship. Becoming a Christian means following Jesus' teachings and acc ...
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