You may have noticed if you come early enough to morning services that on the screen each Sunday are three little words. So you are not misled, the words, 'I love you' are not the words I refer to on this Valentine's Day, 2018. However, they are and must remain at the center of what I am referring to. People; On Purpose. Maybe you've noticed those three little words on the screen on a given Sunday morning and then again maybe you haven't. Maybe you've wondered what they meant and then again maybe you haven't.
People; On Purpose communicates who we are as a fellowship of saints, those included in the family of God by grace through faith. More importantly it remains the reason for our assembling to begin with. That mission statement, if you want to call it that, is intended to be applied to all who are under the blood and in the body (the church). It also includes those to whom the ministry work is directed; (others)
First of all, we, the redeemed of God are people on purpose. That purpose is summed up simply in loving God with all our heart. Jesus would tell His disciples then and remind us now that this is the greatest purpose a person can be involved in and we must be intentional in that directive. Through daily surrender and being filled with the Holy Spirit we are best equipped to see and experience the day through the filter of His love for us. That brings a response of genuine love and devotion for Him. When any other response is substituted for His chief purpose in the heart of a believer, life becomes more difficult than it needs to be or is intended to be.
Secondly, we are people with purpose. PEOPLE are our purpose because people were/are His purpose. Some of those will be in your home and others will be at the place where you work or serve. People are His mission/ministry field and subsequently ours, as well.
As His people, redeemed by God's grace through Christ we must be intentional in getting the message of God's love to others. That begins by first building a relationship with them and then being used of the Holy Spirit to bridge a relationship that introduces them to Christ. Believers are graced to be placed in the body of Christ according to His good pleasure, therefore our priority, as disciples is to love Him- (that is our response) and then please Him with the same passion that Jesus desired to please His heavenly Father- (that is our responsibility).
We know from scripture that all of this is impossible without faith. Hebrew 11:6 Therefore it is by faith that we start everyday 'on purpose' with God and learn to exercise the discipline necessary to live dependently on Him in order to stay 'on purpose' for God. We will discover in so doing that we are much less distracted by the world system we all live in.
People were His purpose when He lived here and people are His purpose as He lives in us today. So, let us first be devoted in our own discipleship as we devote ourselves to Him in His purpose of developing and deploying others.
People; On Purpose. Three little words that say 'I love you' in ways that are not soon forgotten. We must be willing to first deny ourselves and take up the cross and follow Him if His purpose in us is to be fulfilled.
Knowing better what is meant by those three little words; are you?
Something to consider on a day when love is in the air as we continue the journey with Jesus.
May the Lord bless you exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think as you engage His purpose this week.
1 Corinthians 15:58