You Have a Purpose Jer 29:11, Eph 1:11-14
We have looked at our need to be loved, our need to be known, and our need for security. Today we look at our need for a purpose.
In well adjusted, mature people there is a need to be significant, to matter, to have a purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you.” You are not a happy accident to God, you are planned. In all the things going on in the great plan of the universe, you have a part to play. God has a plan for you. In Ephesians 1:11 God says we are “predestined according to the purpose of Him.” God has a purpose for your life, chosen for you before you were born.
In Romans 12:6 we all “have gifts that differ according to the grace give us.”
1 Corinthians tells us “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” We all are significant, we all have a purpose, each of us matter to God.
In the past doctors used to remove parts of the body deeming them useless. Tonsils, adenoids, appendix, and apparently for the person who cut me off on the highway, their brains.
But now we are seeing a change and doctors are not as quick to rip out your useless parts.
In the home everyone needs to have a purpose, to be significant, to the rest of the family. This place in the family gives you identity, and meaning. Men and women retire and feel lost because they knew what part in the family they played. After retirement they are wondering what purpose do they serve? Am I really needed? Am I a valuable part of the family?
The same in the church. People have a need to serve God in a meaningful way.
There was a family where one day mom packed a bag and left. Soon the dishes were overflowing the sink, laundry was a huge pile in the laundry room. The fridge was empty, and the cat pan was so bad the cat would not use it. A family meeting was called to deal with these issues. No ideas surface until the 7 year old says “Well somebody has to go and get her.”
How do we help people and ourselves find our purpose?
To find your purpose you need to try things, even things you may not like. We have to get off our lazy bones and look for things to do.
We also need to notice what people are doing in the church and tell them how much it means to us. They need to know what they are doing no matter how small, is important.
God has a plan for you! You will only find it by trying things and seeking it out. You need to let others know that what they do is important.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11