by Wayne Coleman

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Wayne Coleman

And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. Lev. 26:12

God's Purpose for Man
For the first several years of my life, I struggled on a long, hot, tiring, uphill walk toward the mark where I thought a Christian should be. Carrying the awesome responsibility of being a Christian on my weary back, I struggled on, continually reminded by my peers of the painful sacrifices one must make to please God. I became a walking, talking, living exhibit of all the pain necessary to serve God. I was always broke financially (some called it living sacrificially), constantly frustrated (better known as expressing my concern), and usually complaining about the problems of my life (or sharing my testimony).

You can probably see that I was useless to God for I had not yet discovered my purpose in life. This does not mean that I was not a Christian. It means that I was a Christian who had not defined his purpose. I had all kinds of pitiful excuses for my purpose. I was to be a model for my fellowman. I was to be a good husband. I was to be a good father and provider for my family. And, last but not least, my purpose was to be successful. In short, I was to do the very best that I could at everything. After all, this is all that can be expected of any- one.

How about you? Have you ever asked yourself, "Why in the world am I here, just why was I ever born, what is my purpose," or when some dilemma strikes, you ask, "Why me, Lord?" Until you deter- mine the purpose for anything, it is virtually useless. If, for instance, you did not know that the purpose of your automobile was transportation, you probably would not find it very efficient for anything else. It would certainly be insufficient for your family shelter. You could not use it as a boat. Your automobile would never be able to accomplish the maximum performance until you discovered its purpose. If I, by some process of deception, could k ...

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