Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Purpose Statements for Us

Today I want to examine the purpose statements that pertain to us in Scripture. In the last two posts, we saw how Jesus and the Apostle Paul each articulated their purposes.

These are the purpose statements given to you and I:
  • "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness..." (Matthew 6:33)
  • "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind'...This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:36-40)
  • "...Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you..." (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • "All things were created by him and for him." (Colossians 1:16) [him = Christ]
Promises that God will fulfill His purposes
  • "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." (Proverbs 19:21)
  • "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
  • "The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands." (Psalm 138:8)
God's purposes are the same for every Christian. But how each Christian carries out those purposes are different--resulting from the talents and gifts God gives us, working in conjunction with the particular vision He's given each person.

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