Good morning my friends. It is important today that you know who you are, what your purpose is and where you are going. When we know these things many questions disappear and the double-mindedness that delays our victory is resolved. Unfortunately some of you reading this feel like you do not have a clue who you really are or what your purpose is in life. Why were you born? You need to resolve this if you are to step into the power of your purpose and become the success that you were born to be.
Turn to the letter of Titus and we may find a few answers this morning. Paul starts off with his greeting:
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior. (Titus 1:1-3)
Paul indicates that he understood who he was in two senses. First there is the general sense that we all share in common but of which many people never fully step in to; a servant of God. When we understand that we are defined by our relationship with God we begin to understand purpose. In our relationship with God we have been called to join him in his work, which we will get to in a moment, but this is who we are. The second sense Paul writes of is his specific place in the Body of Christ which we make a harder thing to understand than it is. Paul was given a specific commission from the Lord to take his place in the Body as an Apostle. His designated responsibility was to the Gentiles. We struggle with the whole idea of where we fit in the Body of Christ but often it is obvious just by what our heart is drawn to all the time; not what draws our desire but what we feel compelled to do.
Paul clearly understood his purpose from this relationship he had with God, which was twofold. He was to help people come to a point of salvation and then help them grow in maturity in Christ. With such a clear understanding of purpose Paul's world was redefined and he saw clearly what he had to do. That is what happens when we understand purpose, everything becomes clear as our perspective aligns itself with God's will. As long as we struggle with identity and purpose there will always be confusion in us, focus will be impossible and we will flounder in life instead of living the success God has promised us. Clarity is important in our service to God.
Part of our problem is that we focus so much on the "child of God" relationship and the blessings that we lose sight of our purpose. As a child we want to run after all the feelings, the spectacular, and the sensational. We are more concerned with what we can get out of a Sunday or other events than what we can give. When we see our identity as a servant then we understand that our focus is on joining God in his work. We have clear identity and clear purpose as we take our place in the Body. We all share in the same mission, to see sinners saved and matured in Jesus Christ. Fully grasping and accepting this will snap our proper perspective in place.
The last part of this bears repeating:
a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior.
The hope of eternal life; hope is not as we use it today with a sense of uncertainty. Christian hope is the "longing" for the fulfilled promise. It is important to note that our faith and knowledge rests on this hope. It is also important to note that it has always been God's plan that his creation should live forever. It should also be noted, circled, underlined, highlighted that God does not lie. He is incapable of lying. So you cannot pick and choose what parts of the many promises you believe. If you believe then you have signed up for the complete package. Eternal life cannot be dismissed as a few "scholars" have chosen to do. Eternal life is at the foundation of our hope. Let's not lose sight of that.
So, today, walk fully in your relationship with God. Walk fully in your purpose. Lean upon the promises of our God who does not lie. Join him in his mission of saving the world. Allow your heart and your mind to be aligned to the Father's heart. Let your perspective of life and this world to be shaped by this relationship and purpose. Let the confusion end today.