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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Living On Purpose

by Brad Houchin
Monday's Devotional from ONE 2013
Have you ever wondered how old were Peter, James John and the rest of the 12 who Jesus called to follow him? Some biblical scholars believe that most of the 12 disciples (other than Peter) were likely to be teenagers when they first met Jesus and began to follow him. That is you! Think about this for a moment:

You are at baseball practice, cheer practice, sitting in class, at you place of work… whatever it is you do on a daily basis, along comes this man named Jesus and he asks you to drop everything you are doing and to follow him. He is going to use you to impact the world!

What would Jesus find you doing if he were to come walking through your town?

How do you think you would respond to Jesus asking you to drop everything and follow him?

Proving the age of the disciples really does not matter all that much. However the idea that many of the disciples could have been teenagers is very powerful! Why? Because they were able to discover at a young age what their purpose for living was. You are surrounded by a world full of teenagers and adults who have yet to discover their purpose, all the while selling themselves out to the things of this world trying to find what it is that will satisfy them most, and in many cases giving up who and what really should be most important to them.

Listen to what Paul has to say about discovering his true purpose in Philippians 3:7-11:

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

What does Paul consider worth losing compared to the worth of knowing Jesus Christ as Lord?

Does your desire to know Christ compare to that of Paul’s?

What is it that might be keeping you from having this same desire?

You have been created with great purpose. God wants you to be a world changer.  More than that he wants you to live to glorify him with everything you have and everything you do!  Just as Jesus chose the 12 to follow him, God has also chosen you.

Look up the following passages of scripture in your Bible.  As you read, circle or highlight words or phrases that describe “our purpose”. Write out next to the scripture reference what it is you discover about purpose.

John 15:16; Romans 9:17; Ephesians 1:11  

Reflect for a moment on your life. Are you seeking to satisfy your own desires with the things of the world, or are you living with the purpose God has created you for? This week at ONE, God wants to reveal himself to you in a life changing way. He also desires to reveal to you his purpose for you. Don’t miss that this week. Listen for God to speak to you this week and respond. He has an incredible plan for you! Just like the disciples, he wants you to follow him with everything you have, holding nothing back and letting nothing get in the way. Don’t just live your life… live your life on purpose!

Father, I pray this week that you would reveal yourself to me. That you would speak into me through my experience at “ONE”. Show me the things in life that I need to let go of to completely follow you. Things that have been holding me back from living on purpose. Father, give me the strength to let go of these things and to fully trust you and your leading in my life.  I commit today to live life on purpose, seeking to glorify you in all that I am and in all that I do. Not my will but yours.  In Jesus name Amen.

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