Thursday, March 5, 2015

You were created with a PURPOSE and for a PURPOSE

This past Sunday we continued our SERIES "Body Building?" This entire series we are looking at how we can "pump up" and grow as a church body (family)." You can listen to the podcast or download it at  

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For Part 5 we talked about "Pumping up our Purpose." The slogan this past Sunday was "Know God and make Him known."

The very first reason we were created and placed on this planet is to KNOW GOD! This is central to living a life of a purpose. This is why money, toys, entertainment, alcohol, popularity and sex provide temporary pleasure and fun but not purpose. Many people live their lives for that purpose however, the ache in their heart will not be fulfilled. Why?

1. You were created to know the creator (KNOW GOD)

God created us to have a relationship with us. Mark 12—Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
A one-word summary of this verse is worship. That is what worship is, loving God with all your heart, mind and strength. When we hear the word worship we usually think of music and singing. I have heard some people say, “I love church because I love the worship.” They are referring to singing and music. The Bible’s definition of worship is much broader. It’s using your home life, private life, school life and friendships life to honor God. Right now if you are reading and taking notes so you can KNOW GOD more, you are worshiping. When you hear the Bible being preached that’s worship. When you open the door for someone else and let them go first, that is worship! Those of you who give your tithes & offerings, did you know that is an act of worship. When you attend pre-gathering pray that is an act of worship God created us to have a relationship with Him and to enjoy His friendship.

God doesn’t want us to be religious. He doesn’t care what church you attend but He does care if you love and have a relationship with Jesus. We all have met religious people that don’t know a thing about God. That isn’t our purpose.

We were created to know the Creator, not for us to be robots for Him. It’s to love Him with all your mind and soul. So if this is God’s plan then what is our response. To honor God with our lives. Not just on Sunday mornings. That is Paul says in Philippians 3
Philippians 3:8-9 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.
Compared to knowing God personally and having a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ everything else takes a back seat. Everything else is secondary.
Ralph Barton, one of the top cartoonists of the nations, left this note pinned to his pillow before taking his own life: "I have had few difficulties, many friends, great successes; I have gone from wife to wife, from house to house, visited great countries of the world, but I am fed up with inventing devices to fill up twenty-four hours of the day." 
You can live for whatever you want. Live for pleasure. Live for money. Live for accolades. Live for yourself. In the end, that ache and whole will still be there. Why? We were created to KNOW GOD. We were created for so much more than the here and now.

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