CHRISTMAS: It’s the story of Jesus coming into the world. A baby, a manger, a star in the east, God with us—you remember the story. But WHY? Why did Jesus come? He explains in His owns words:
John 18:37 (GNT) – “I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth.”
It’s been a great year, but this Christmas, let's ask ourselves: What’s MY purpose? Why was I born?
God is raising up a people, who—like Jesus—understand why they’ve come, and YOU are one of them.
CHRISTMAS: A JOURNEY INTO PURPOSE
John 12:27 (NKJV) - “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.”
Jesus had eternal glory in heaven. But the Father’s plan took him on that journey into humanity where He encountered pain, limitations and betrayal. He faced the loneliness at Gethsemane, agony of Calvary.
Why did He do this? Jesus had a PURPOSE. And He wants to give you one too.
Every purpose has a timing that must be discerned.
My journey into purpose was a surprising one, as I considered myself unlikely for a calling. I never sought these things out, but PURPOSE came to me, just as it now comes to you. God has brought you here to be a part of this cause and vision. You can’t run from the cause, it’s all over you!
I have not always clearly understood the call, but I have always felt it keenly. The purpose determines where you live. The purpose determines how you live. It moves you to give, work and pray. And it brings you through periods of great discouragement and darkness.
WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE IN THIS CRUCIAL TIME / SEASON?
John 20:21 (NLT) - “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
The ministry of Jesus Christ continues on the earth through the church.
We are being sent “as” - in the same manner that the Father sent Jesus.
Christmas people have the same purpose that Jesus had.
In The Christ of the Indian Road by the great 20th century missionary and theologian E. Stanley Jones, Jones asked Gandhi how to introduce Christianity to India. Gandhi replied, “I would suggest first of all that all of you Christians, missionaries and all begin to live more like Jesus Christ.”
RIGHT NOW, everyone has a purpose
Acts 26:18 (NLV) – “You are to open their eyes. You are to turn them from darkness to light…from the power of Satan to the power of God. In this way, they may have their sins forgiven. They may have what is given to them, along with all those who are set apart for God.”
A lighthouse along the coast was tended by a keeper who was given enough oil for 30 nights and told to keep the light burning. One day a woman asked for oil so she wouldn’t run out. Then a farmer needed oil for a lamp to read by. Still another needed some for an engine. The keeper was moved and gave out just enough oil to satisfy all. Near the end of the month, the lighthouse tank ran dry. That night the beacon was dark and three ships crashed on the rocks. 100 lives were lost. When officials investigated, the man explained what he had done. “You were given one task alone,” insisted the official. “It was to keep the light burning. Everything else was secondary. How could you miss this one simple purpose?”
Philippians 2:15 (NLT) – “Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
RIGHT NOW, everyone can be involved
Ephesians 1:11 (NLT) - “For he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.”
There’s a pattern in history: People suffer, God hears the cries of suffering, God raises up a person, God ends the suffering through that person. Hear this prophetically:
You are the person God has chosen to change the world.
Every man, woman, child has a place. Small group discipleship maximizes the individual’s destiny.
Ephesians 4:13 (GNT) - “And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ's full stature.”
Purpose: We are servants not spectators.
1 Peter 2:9 (CEV) – “You are God's chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Now you must tell all the wonderful things that he has done.”
Do you ever wonder what God thinks of you? If you’re lost, He finds you so valuable that He sent His Son for you. You may feel God doesn’t care about you, but He does. He proved it in Christ. You matter!
If you’ve already accepted Christ, you’re chosen and He wants to use you.
We have a cabinet filled with pretty plates and cups and bowls—silver, crystal and china. We look at them, but we never use them. God doesn’t want us to be crystal he can only look at. He said you are beautiful and special and gifted…let me use you.
Jesus knew His purpose and His time. He followed the Father’s plan in every area of His life. Now, He has a purpose for each of us. And somehow we are together in that purpose. As we come to the end of 2015, I challenge every one of us to become a person of purpose!