Fulfilling God's purpose for your lifeBro. David Chancellor
7/10/2011 11:00 AM
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
In life, it is easy to have dreams, ambitions and goals. We need to consider what God has for us. These were going on about all they would accomplish. Talk is easy. Without the help of God, we can do nothing. We need to understand how much we depend on God. We need to go at life from the perspective that what God shows us is what we do. We need God’s guidance on a daily basis.
Go about life in such a way that you hear God’s voice. Approach your day with compassion. Be prepared to hear from God after you ask him. God wants something from us.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
The disciples had gone fishing. It was a manifestation of their confusion and lack of direction. Jesus spoke to Peter to help him to know what he wanted him to do. Love for God requires something out of us. Be obedient to what God asks of you. Approach life this way: If this is what God wants, this is what I will do. Whatever your circumstance, still follow Christ. Be faithful to Christ, even if the circumstances aren’t conducive to doing what God would have you do. Love should cause us to ask God what he would have us to do today. Quit worrying about other people and obey God.
“Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me.” Do what God has given you to do. God has a plan for us to use us for his good and his purpose. Seek God’s will for your life. Work within the role God has given you.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
This is addressed to servants. You are employed to serve. There may be things in life we can’t control. God wants you to live for him.
“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” Keep your eyes on God and living your life to please God, not other people. Seek to do the things you believe God wants. Do what God would be pleased with whether people are watching or not.
“Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” There is a reward for the righteous. Whatever role God gives you in life, do it with an eye toward pleasing God. Let his will be the map for your life. Do from the heart he service that honors and glorifies God.
1 John 2:15-17
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Get your eyes on what is important and lasting. Be careful not to get focused only on what is of this life. Follow Jesus. Our eternal destiny is wrapped up in following Christ each day. Find out what God wants and wrap yourself up in that. We want God’s purpose to be accomplished.