Pillars: Fulfill Your Purpose [Sermon Audio & Notes]
[Audio coming soon]
Our mission is to help each person we encounter:
- Place their faith in Jesus.
- Fellowship as a family.
- Follow God’s ways.
- Learn to fulfill their purpose.
If you could ask God one question, what would it be? Most people in a survey said, “Why am I here?”
Why Are You Here?
- General purpose: You were created for God’s glory and pleasure.
- Your assignment: God also created you, specifically, for a unique purpose.
The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom,
so that I know how to comfort the weary.
Morning by morning he wakens me
and opens my understanding to his will.
— Isaiah 50:4, NLT
If you do the daily agenda, it will lead you to the long-term agenda.
Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
— Jeremiah 1:4-5, ESV
A calling is a lifelong thing. You never retire from your calling.
Don’t Complicate It
Destiny is this: Doing what God wants you to do, and being where God wants you to be.
Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. — John 4:34, NLT
Spiritual nourishment is more than bible study, prayer, and going to church. Spiritual nourishment comes from doing God’s will.
4 Keys to Fulfilling Your Purpose
(Stay tuned next week for the last two!)
1. You have to hear His voice.
The Lord gave me this message: — Jeremiah 1:4, NLT
“Stand up, son of man,” said the voice. “I want to speak with you.” The Spirit came into me as he spoke, and he set me on my feet. I listened carefully to his words. — Ezekiel 2:1-2, NLT
Before God ever gives you an assignment, He tells you who you are.
God tells Jeremiah three things about himself before He gives Jeremiah an assignment:
- He is designed. You are an original masterpiece, and you will never fulfill your assignment or realize your purpose as long as you’re trying to be someone else.
- He is designated. You were sanctified/set apart before you were even born. (Galatians 1:5)
- He is destined. You were ordained/given/appointed you to wherever God has put you.
2. Let God touch your tongue.
God deals with the prophets mouths before they can fulfill their assignments.
Then said I:
“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
— Jeremiah 1:6-7, NKJV
Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: — Jeremiah 1:9, NKJV
Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. — Ezekiel 3:1-2, NKJV
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”
— Isaiah 6:6-7, NKJV
Your mouth plays a major part in your assignment in two ways:
- What you tell others.
- What you tell yourself.
You’ll never fulfill your assignment or your calling until God touches your mouth.
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
You can do a lot of things, but you’ll only be satisfied if you’re fulfilling the purpose you were created for.