Sunday, December 2, 2012

Why Are You Here?

We seek after God`s will for our life.


Is it our goal, our longing, our desire to live a life worthy of Jesus?

Do we wish to please him?

Do we know what it is to please our God?

Some would say we please him just by being with him, and we are with him every moment of our day. We actually have the pleasure of friendship with God.

But there is more!

We were left in this wretched place for a reason. There is purpose to our life:

First, to bear fruit in every good work. We are producers. God blesses everything to which we put our hand, he promised he would, and especially eternal things. Every good work is every kind word, every act of kindness, every act of love, every scripture shared, every dollar spent, every encouraging embrace, every moment given. You have no idea how powerful these things are and the fruit the Spirit produces from them.

Second, to grow in the knowledge of God. Yes, study the Word but more than that, because God also speaks in our circumstances, to apply the Word. We go through what we do in order to learn about God, to become even closer and more dependent on him. There is purpose in it all and we are told it is to benefit us. God doesn't waste any of the things we experience. It only requires trust on our part.

Third, to grow in great endurance and patience. God does not want us dependent on ourselves but on him. He is not raising independent children. He actually fills us with his power for this purpose. He provides us with super human strength to endure much more than we thought possible. He doesn't rescue us from situations because he is teaching us through them. The trick is to fully lean upon and trust our God. We continue to fail to learn this lesson and have to repeat it again and again. We don't understand that we are in training and the muscles we are gaining are called endurance and patience. Both of these in us are under attack by this society that demands instant gratification.

Our fourth purpose is a thing of joy, giving thanks to our Father. We call it praise and worship. It is something not confined to a moment of the day or week; it is an attitude of living. It is Jesus who has given us great joy because of all that he has done, and nothing can take this joy from us. We can give it up, caste it down, throw it away but nothing can take it from us. We are meant to be creatures of joy, of great thanksgiving, always content in Jesus, filled with praises for our God all day long, in all circumstances of our life. Why? Simply because of what he has done, what he is doing and what he will do. There is no sense of gaining patience and endurance if it contains no joy, no thanksgiving.

These four things are our purpose:  to bear fruit, to know God, to be patient and enduring, to be instruments of praise. This is who we are. This is who we are designed to be. But are we living our purpose?

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:9-14)

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