BORN FOR A PURPOSE – By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memory Verse: 1 Peter 2:9:“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”
Read: Jeremiah 1:4-5.
Jeremiah 1:4-5:“Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
One of the things you must endeavour to know is God’s purpose for your life. You were born for a purpose. You are not an accident. You are a product of divine wisdom, knowledge and understanding. The Almighty God does nothing arbitrarily. In everything He does, He is known for clear cut purposes. He knows where He is heading before He sets out on any course. Even for those things or people you think are bad, there is a purpose they serve in the circle of life. Each purpose of God is known to Him from the beginning.
This is revealed in Acts 15:18:“Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.”
God’s purposes are known to Him. This is so comforting for us to know. We have issues with God and with ourselves because we don’t know what He knows about us. Another reason we have issues is that we don’t make out enough time to seek His purpose for our lives. Since the fall of man, an inclination towards self-rule has been a part of every natural man. We rely on our human assessment and understanding of ourselves to determine what we think should be the purpose of our existence. Not seeking God’s purpose and self reliance are traits that hinder man from the glorious purpose for which God created him. This was not the case with Joseph; he knew he was not going to end up being the chief of slaves in Potiphar’s house; hence he refused to be the “favourite” of the madam of the house (Genesis 39:8-9:). Later on in life, when his brethren began to exercise fears of retaliation, Joseph revealed his knowledge of the purpose of God for his life by saying:
“…Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” – Genesis 50:19b-20:
Everyone in the world came for a purpose. From what God told Jeremiah, we see that His purpose for us is not an after-thought. He had thought out His purpose for each of us before ever creating us. It also tells us that even though He has all power, wisdom, knowledge and understanding to do anything, He does nothing without a purpose. There is a purpose attached to your life; strive to discover it from today.
- Father, I thank you for your purpose concerning my life. Please give me a revelation of your purpose for my life in the Name of Jesus.
Bible in one year: Romans 4-7:6; Psalm 3-4.