Have You Lost Your Purpose? I Samuel 17
What are you truly passionate about? What makes you want to get up out of bed every morning? What, at the mere thought of it, incites you to action? In other words, “What is your purpose in life?”
Many people have a position, perhaps as a Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Director, or as the CEO of a Company. Even though they possess a position, they might admit they have lost their passion for this position.
The mistake often made is when a person Possesses a Position without a Purpose, this will lead to a spirit of Complacency. Time is far too short to allow Complacency to enter into our lives and ministry. In I Samuel 17:29 we see where David had a cause. His cause was to defeat the giant Goliath because he was mocking God and God’s people. Again I ask you, “What is your Purpose? What is it that drives you each day?” What are you truly focused on?
More specifically,what is your purpose in being a Leader? Hopefully, it is to Influence others Biblically and to Impact this world for Jesus Christ. Why do you want to help people? Finally ask yourself this question, “What is the contribution that you want to make in your lifetime?” No matter what your age, or what position you are in your life, you will never finish contributing. A truly great leader is someone who is always seeking to do more for God and to impact this world for Jesus Christ!.
Is your Purpose Being Pursued with Passion?
When you find a Purpose that is Bigger than anything you ever dreamed of, and Pursue it with Passion, it’s amazing how the supernatural can become the normal. God wants Men and Women of Purpose, Passion, and Power to Pursue the Phenomenal for Him!
Will you ask God to Provide the Passion you once had? You Can Do Something truly Significant for God IF you will believe in God’s ability to work though you for His glory!
Pastor, Missionary, Evangelist, when you answered God’s call to preach, what did you one day hope to accomplish for the Cause of Christ? What was your over-riding purpose? Are you closer to the achievement of this cause? Has your passion for this cause grown over the years? Has it intensified?
Or, has something sidetracked you and made this cause appear to be too complicated for you to pursue anymore? Listen, “Don’t let your Dream Die!” Get back into the battle and get busy for God once again. Don’t listen to those who have discouraged you from pursuing God’s Dream for your life. I am glad that Samson did not listen to that inner voice that said, “You have sinned, you can no longer serve God.”
The Bible clearly teaches that we all have much usefulness in us. We are important to God! Therefore, get on your knees, accept God’s forgiveness, and ask God to use you for Him once again. Listen to those who are encouraging you to do more for God rather than those who says, “You have blown it; God will never use you again; it is all over for you.” John 8:44 reminds us Satan is a liar and the Father of it. Will you believe God or will you continue to believe Satan?
I thank God that Samson, even with the scars of sin so evident, was able to be used of God in a great way before he died. I am glad that John-Mark, who once quit on God, repented of his sin and was able to become most profitable to God and more specifically, the Apostle Paul. Paul asked for John-Mark to come to him prior to his death. God was still using John-Mark.
Every Person in the Bible had Failed God
Show me one person in Bible that did not fail God at some point in their lives; yet God was able to use them after thoroughly getting right with God. Adam and failed God through their disobedience; Abraham failed in his lack of faith and disobedience; Moses murdered a man; David committed adultery and even set up the woman’s husband to be killed in battle; Peter failed Jesus by denying Him three times in one evening. Yet they were all used of God after they returned to God and accepted God’s grace and forgiveness. I am not glorifying sin, but I am demonstrating the grace of God in the lives of people that have failed. Perhaps we failed in our walk with God; perhaps failed financially; perhaps in a new endeavor. Yet we can may still be able to accomplish great things for God.
Failing is Reversible!
To use an old saying from our friends in Texas, “It does not matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose the cow.” Once again, failings are not irreversible. Keep things in perspective; learn from them; and use them to help other people.
I believe that you Can and Must move forward on the heels of Adversity and Failing. I have asked myself the following questions to assist me in moving forward when things did not go as planned:
A) God, what are you trying to teach me through this situation? What wrong assumptions did I make? What “Blind-spots” are you revealing to me?
B) God, how can I use my mistakes/sins to help other people?
C) God, are you opening a new door of ministry for me through this failing?
Listen, you must quit allowing your past to hold you hostage today!
I greatly desire to add value to other people. I have lived my life trying to see other people ‘with the ability to become’! I strongly believe there is something useful in EVERY person, no matter what their past or present is like, God can still use them! I believe it is our responsibility to encourage and to provide Biblical Hope to others.
I personally believe that the greatest difference between those who remain Average and those that Achieve great things in life, will be determined in part, by each individual’s perception and response to failings. You can look at the failing as an end to your calling and dreams, or, you can choose to use those failings to increase your ability to succeed for the cause of Jesus Christ!