Have you ever put your head on the pillow at night thinking – is this what life is all about? There’s got to be more to life than this.
Get up go to work, come home, watch TV and go to bed.
Get up go to work, come home, watch TV and go to bed.
Play a bit over the weekend.
Monday morning it starts all over again – get up go to work……
Is this what life is all about? Surely there’s got to be more to life.
I think we all have this inner desire for more.
I want to talk to you for the next couple of minutes about our purpose.
What is my purpose? Why am I here?
These aren’t religious issues, these are human issues because we all grapple with it at some point in our lives.
Most people start grappling with this in their late thirties and forties.
That’s when they suddenly start wondering, Is this it? Is this what my life is going to look like? Why am I here? What is my purpose?
We refer to that as a midlife crisis.
Let me say to the young people, if you can figure this out at an early age, you’ll never go through a midlife crisis.
I never have, because I know why God created me.
I had a young lady the other day say to me, I’m an accident, my mom fell pregnant at high school, she never planned to have me.
How can there be a purpose for my life if my life started off as an accident?
I said to her, you’re not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you but God did.
There are accidental parents, no doubt about that, but there aren’t any accidental children.
You matter! You matter to God, you matter to history, you matter to the people God has placed around you, you matter to those coming after you.
How you live your life will affect the people in your life and the people who are coming after you.
Maybe there’s someone here today, and that’s all you needed to hear today – you’re not an accident! God has a plan and a purpose for your life.
Until we understand our purpose and why we were created, we will never live a fulfilled or a satisfied life, and we’ll try and find fulfilment through accomplishments and achievements, through fame and fortune, through parties and pleasure.
But it will never fulfil us or satisfy us.
It may bring temporary satisfaction but it will never fulfil you long term.
That’s why people can achieve great success and still feel empty.
I read about this Olympic athlete who won a gold medal. He was so excited and there was great satisfaction, but it was temporary.
Because a few days later he felt so empty.
Think of King Solomon, after all his amazing accomplishments and achievements, he looked at it all and said; vanity, vanity, it’s all vanity.
It wasn’t fulfilling or satisfying.
Until we understand why we were created life will be empty.
So what is your purpose?
The good news is it’s no secret, because God has made it very clear in the scriptures.
He tells us over and over again what it is – your life is to glorify God.
You and I were created to glorify God. It’s expressed in different ways, but your ….
1Corinthians 10:31 “Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for God’s glory.”
Isaiah 43:7 “They are my own people, and I created them to bring me glory.”
I hate to break it to you, but it’s not about you! It’s all about Him.
The main purpose of your life and my life is to glorify Him.
When we get this – that it’s not about me, it’s all about Him, that’s when everything falls into place.
Just to clarify – God doesn’t your glory. He’s not short on glory.
Psalm 24 calls Him the king of glory. Ps 24:8
So why do we need to give Him glory if He doesn’t need it? Because if we don’t give the glory, guess what happens? We’ll take it.
That’s when we think – I’ve worked hard to get to where I am, I’ve been disciplined, I’ve used the gifts and talents God gave me.
The bible says every good gift comes from our Father in heaven.
Your gifts and talents may have helped you get that position, but it was God who gave you that gift in the first place.
Your hard work may be paying off today, but it’s God who’s given you the strength and the ability to work hard.
Your education may have opened doors for you, but it was God who gave you the academic ability.
When we recognize where it all comes from, it keeps us humble and it helps us to give Him the glory instead of taking the glory for ourselves.
We were never created to contain the glory, but to give the glory.
One of the best things you and I can do is to get into a habit, into a lifestyle of giving God the glory and the praise for His goodness and His kindness and His grace upon our lives.
The higher we go in life, the more we’ve got to give Him glory, because that keeps us humble
The more God promotes us, the more we’ve got to give Him glory.
The more success we have, the more we’ve got to give Him glory, because that keeps us humble.
James 4:6 “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble!”
Do you know that verse appears three times in the bible;
God gives grace to the humble.
That simply means God is on the side of the humble.
But when we start thinking;
I’ve accomplished all of this,
I’ve worked hard for that,
I’ve raised my children so well,
when we do that we’re taking what belongs to God, and that’s a pride, that’s arrogance ………. and I remind you that God opposes the proud!
Another translations says He sets himself up against the proud.
Proverbs 16:5 “The Lord detests all the proud of heart.”
We’ve all seen people who’ve achieved success, be it in business or sport or entertainment.
Suddenly you see them change – they become so full of themselves, it goes to their heads, but it’s not long and they come crashing down again.
“The Lord detests all the proud of heart.” Proverbs 16:5
Proverbs 15:25 “For the Lord tears down the proud man’s house but He keeps the widow’s boundaries intact.”
God does not share His glory, and when we go around thinking that we’re so smart, we’re so talented……. that’s the beginning of the end.
I remind you that pride was the original sin!!
But when we keep a humble attitude and we give God the glory, recognizing that it’s His goodness that got us to where we are, and it’s the goodness of God that’s keeping us where we are, that’s when He lifts us up.
1Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” NKJV
“…….that He may lift you up in due time.” NIV
God lifts the humble …… he exalts those who give Him glory.
The purpose of our lives is not to take the glory but to give the glory.
How do we give God glory?
Recognize God’s hand upon your life (it’s called gratitude)
One day a man asked Jesus what the most important commandment was. Jesus replied,
Matthew 22:37-38 – 37“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.”
If Jesus was speaking to us here today, He would be saying the same thing – there’s nothing that God wants more than for you to love Him.
That’s why it’s called the greatest commandment.
The most important purpose of your life – is to let God love you and to learn to love Him back.
I know this is a difficult concept to understand – to love God.
The reason we battle to understand it is because we think love is a feeling.
That’s why people can get married and when things get a bit through and the feelings aren’t there anymore, they want to pack their bags.
They think if they have a good feeling toward someone that’s love, and if they don’t have the feeling anymore, let me go look for someone else.
Love is not a feeling, it’s an act of your will.
So how do we love God if it’s not feeling based?
We make Him the centre of our lives.
God didn’t put us on earth to live self- centred lives, but rather to live a God centred life.
God doesn’t want to be a part of your life, he wants to be the part of your life, the most important part.
What does that mean?
It means your family is important to you, but God is more important.
It means your dreams are important, but God is more important.
It means your business or your career may be important, but God is more important.
If God is the centre of our lives, He’s also the focus of our attention.
I know there are so many things competing for our attention, but God wants to be the centre of our attention.
If you think about it, you’re going to centre your life around something;
You may centre it around your career
You may centre it around your children or your sport or a hobby.
But you are going to centre it around something.
Anything besides God at the centre of your life is called an idol.
God tells us in the Ten Commandments – you shall have no other God’s besides me.
How do you know if something else has taken the centre of your life?
You start worrying.
Think about it, when God is the centre of your life, you’re at peace and you’re not worrying anymore.
Philippians 4:7 “A sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.” MSG
The most important question for your life, is not what career will I pursue or who will I marry?
The most important question is; What or who will be the centre of my life?
This concept of centring your life around God may sound like you’re going to miss out, you’re going to lose out.
You may be wondering, but what about my dreams and plans, what about the things I’d like to accomplish?
God has no problem with you having dreams and plans.
God has no problem with you achieving great things.
God has no problem with blessing you and seeing you become successful, as long as He has first place in your life.
Proverbs 3:6 “In everything you do, put God first, (listen to the promise) and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
What an incredible promise, that God will direct us and crown our efforts with success.
What’s the condition? That we put Him first. That we make Him the centre of our life. If we’ll get our priorities right, life will work right.
Jesus said, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
“……He will give you everything you need.” NLT
Before you seek your own dream and your own plans, seek Him, put Him first, and He’s promised to give you everything you need, to crown your efforts with success.
Some people work their whole lives to try and find success.
The bible says if we put God first, success will find us.
If you’ll take care of God’s business as a priority, He will take care of your business as promised.