INTRODUCTION

God loves you and has a purpose for your life. God created you with special gifts, talents and abilities that equip you to fulfill His purpose. You are on this earth for a reason. Purpose is the original intent in the mind of the creator that motivated him to create a particular item. In this series of post it refers especially to the reason that God created you. God created you with a definite purpose in mind. In a general sense, your purpose is to glorify God and to serve people. In this series of post from my booklet, Christianity Explained, we explain how you can do that.

Myles Munroe says, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without a reason.” It is terrible to be alive and not know why. It is important that you do things right. It is even more important that you do the right things.

Kevin W. McCarthy gives a great illustration. He suggests that you imagine you’re in a boat on a river. He goes on to explain that people react as floaters, fighters or navigators. The floaters passively resign themselves to accept the river in its present condition. They aimlessly go along for the ride. The fighters fight the forces of nature. These high achievers accomplish a lot but experience burnout, stress, depression and other difficulties as they try to control the “river.” Nearly everyone is a “floater” or a “fighter” by nature. What we need to do is train ourselves to become “navigators.” The navigator knows the river and realizes that he or she can’t change it. But he can harness the resources that he has to go where he wants to go. Therefore, whether you are a floater or a fighter by nature, learn to become a navigator by discovering your God-ordained purpose and dedicate your life to its fulfillment. God’s purpose for you includes three “phases.” God’s purpose for you is that you be (1) saved, (2) sanctified and (3) serving. Phases one and two are the same for every person. Phase three is unique and different for each person. In chapter one we will study how to be saved and have an eternal, everlasting, God-quality life. In chapter two we will study some of the ways you can be sanctified. What we mean by sanctified is that you are growing in your spiritual life; you are becoming more and more like Christ. In chapter three we will attempt to show you how you can discover your place of service in God’s kingdom.

(To Be Continued)

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