THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE 
Persistence In Pursuing Your Purpose
by Lee Delbridge
 
INTRODUCTION
Have you ever known people who dedicated their entire lives to climbing the ladder of success and when they finally reached the top they discovered that the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall?  This is the eighth in a series of sermons to help make sure that does not happen to you.  This is the last sermon in that series in which we will review what we have said and challenge you to discover and persistently pursue your God-given purpose.
 
Definition of "Drive":  It means to guide, control and direct.
 
Everyone is driven by something:  Some of those things are:
Problem-Driven      Solving The Problems
That Exist At the Time
People-Driven     Someone else sets the
agenda for your life 
(Could be spouse,
parents, boss, or a total
stranger)
Pleasure-Driven      If It Feels Good, Do It (All
the way from  "partying"
to just "taking life easy")
Possession-Driven   To have and to hold
material possessions
Prestige-Driven  To have a "position" and
to have "power"
 
PURPOSE-DRIVEN Guided, controlled and
directed by the purpose
God has for them.
 
The three steps in discovering your God-given purpose are:

(1)    Accept Jesus Lord & Savior. This is
the only firm foundation for a purpose
driven life.
(2)     Get To Know Yourself. God wants to
use you the way He made you. We
suggest that you start by discovering
your S.H.A.P.E. (This is an acrostic
that stands for Spiritual Gifts, Heart/
Passion, Abilities, Personalities and
Experience.) 
(3)   Write A Personal Purpose Statement
It should be written down.  It should be
personal.  No one else is like you.  You
are unique for a reason.  You should
continue to work on it and improve it
until it is "just right."
 
Let's review some of the key points we have made.
 
  I.     GOD CREATED YOU FOR A PURPOSE
1.           He created you for a purpose 
Proverbs 16:4
2.           He "re-created" you for a
purpose Ephesians 2:10;
3.           He "gifted" you for a purpose 
Romans 12:3-8
 
II.       BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATIONS OF
PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIVES
1.           David  Acts 13:36
2.           Jesus  John 10:10; 19:30
3.           Paul  Acts 20:24; II Timothy
4:6-8
 
III.         PERSISTENTLY PURSUING YOUR
PURPOSE
1.           Glorify God  Matthew 5:16;
I Corinthians 10:31;
2.           Serve People  I Peter 4:10
3.           Stay Focused & Be Persistent 
I Corinthians 15:58
 
 
CONCLUSION
Have you ever known people who dedicated their entire lives to climbing the ladder of success and when they finally reached the top they discovered that the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall?  Don't let that happen to you.  Discover why God made you.  Discover your God-given purpose and then persistently pursue it all your life.  Each one of us will one day have to give an account for our life.  What if God asks you "What did you do with the life I gave you?"
 
 
 
Assignment
 
Write on a card you purpose statement.  Review it every day. Compare your activities with your purpose. Ask yourself constantly "Am I Staying On Purpose?"  No one stays on purpose all the time.  The more you stay on purpose, the more you will glorify God, serve others and live a meaningful life.
 
If you have not written down your purpose statement yet, there is still something you can do.  Write on a card these words:

Glorify God

and

Serve People

 
Review it every day and ask yourself:  "Am I doing this?"
 

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