Made On Purpose

You were made on purpose by God & for God. You were created to "Do Something!"    
You might not have been planned or scheduled for this world, but from the moment you were conceived, you were purposed & destined by God. That means you're not an accident, coincident, or a mistake. Before you were formed in the womb, God knew you; before you were born, he set you apart with destiny & purpose. You might not believe it or even care, but you were created for purpose.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Eph 2:10, For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Everything God creates has a specific purpose. It solves a problem.  Every part of you solves a problem for you: Ears to hears’; eyes to see.  Mouth to speak; nose to smell, and hands to touch.
Your destiny is shaped with the knowledge that you were made for a purpose. Your purpose is not your decision to make; it's your discovery to make. The creator decides the purpose of his creation; the creation simply decides the degree of obedience. Your smart phone didn't determine it functionality...the manufacture did.You are the creation of God; he is the only one who can reveal your purpose. You can decide which school your kids will attend. You can decide the community you will live in. You can decide who you will marry. You can decide where you are going to college.
The purpose for which you were created is not your decision, but your discovery.  You can decide your career, God decides your purpose and calling. You don't decide your purpose, you discover it. God's purpose for your life is revealed progressively by the Holy Spirit. At different seasons & interval in your life, the Holy Spirit will reveal something about your destiny & purpose. What you know in part, will be fully revealed by the purpose of his will. If you seek it, you shall find it; if you knock, the door shall be open saith the Lord!
Lastly, Your purpose is a reward to those whom you have been sent. You are a reward to somebody. Moses was a reward to the slaves of Egypt. David was a reward to the nation of Israel. Paul was a reward for the Gentiles. Somebody needs exactly was you have been given by God. Someone is waiting for you to enter their life. You are the solution to somebody's problem. You are not a reward for everybody. Some people don’t need you; you are not the answer they need. God has created you with destiny & purpose to "Do Something."    
Before you can do something for God, he needs to do something in you.

Make It Count

Before you were born God made preparation for you to live a significant life. He provided you with all the tools, both natural and supernatural and the opportunity you need to do something of eternal significant. You are God's workmanship (His masterpiece) created in Christ Jesus to do good work which Christ prepared in advance for you to do. We have all been given one life to live, and we are to do something of eternal significant. We are to add to our faith good works, because faith without doing something that impacts eternity for the glory of God is dead.... If you're going to make your life count, you should start right now because time is not on your side!  Psalm 90:12 says,  So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.  I was looking at some old pictures recently and realized that in a photograph, you are frozen in time.  I don't look now like I looked then. Time is not on my side! Time is not on your side so it must be subdued!
The bible says, time & chance happens for us all!  If you don't subdue time, you'll waste it all and have nothing to show for it. If you don't subdue time, you will blow your chance to impact eternity for the glory of God! God is eternal (forever) and exist beyond the realm of time. However, we are born into time & must ask God to teach to become masters over time. When you become a master over time,  you will discover that you have more than enough time to do God's will. You will discover that you have enough time for, family, career, recreation & calling. The bible demands that we redeem (number your days) the time because they days are evil. We are living in urgent times...we have no time to waste. By redeeming your days, hours, and minutes, you can better offer them to God. 
Give your days to God as an offering, He will make it count for eternity! Make your life count because death  comes for us all! Hebrews 9:27 says this: " Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment."  We all have an appointment with death. It’s an appointment that you can’t cancel, reschedule, or delay. It is for this reason that you want to make your life count. What we do in this life prepares us eternity. The Lord said, life does not consist in the abundance of our stuff. When death comes for us, we better be rich toward God with good works. You want to make it count because after your appointment with death, we will all give an account to God! 2 Cor. 5:10 reads: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.  
When you stand before God, need to be able to say, Lord, this is what I have done according to my abilities: Look at the lives I have impacted with acts of kindness;  Lord, I have given a large part of my income to the Church to buy vans, property, and missions.  Lord, I used both the natural & supernatural tools you gave me to complete your assignment for my life. You only have one life to live, make it count for the glory of God. You have been prepared by God to do something extraordinary with your life. It is not too late for you to make an eternal impact for eternity.

Change The World

What I am about to say might seem radical to you, maybe even ridiculous, but you can changed the world. It's not just wishful thinking; but a call to every follower of Jesus to change the world. Christ's death and resurrection means that followers of Jesus are EMPOWERED to join God in his plan to redeem this broken world. They are called & empowered to live an earth shaking life- that is a life like Jesus.
Jesus said, "As my father has sent me, I am sending you. "If you're going to answer the call, you must get ready to get messy! Jesus was sent to get messy. He directly involved himself in this world's brokenness. He cared for the broken, the sick, and the poor. He came to get emotionally messy; relationally messy, socially message, & physically messy. Your life is God breathe so that you can get messy. In John 20:22 reads; And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.  You've been empowered by the Spirit to peel back the layers of people lives so that you can get involved in their messy lives. You will do what Jesus did when you look beyond the facade & the superficiality of people's lives to see that they need Jesus. You can turn the world upside down for Christ, if you are willing to get messy! You will be willing to get MESSY when you love people as Jesus has loved!  
Read what Jesus said in Matt. 5:43-48: "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor  and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies  and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. You are capable in Christ of loving better than you think you could, & loving longer than you think you would. We go wrong in thinking that loving people don't suppose to hurt!
How many of you have learned that "LOVE HURTS." How many of you know that it's painful loving difficult people. You have the capacity to love people who are culturally, relationally, socially, ethnically, racially different than you. God has empowered you to widen your love circle. The wider your love circle, the greater the impact you will make for eternity. That's why we can't talk about love without talking about forgiveness! Forgiveness is to love what works is to faith. When you walk in the spirit of forgiveness, you can love better, & longer. Jesus taught us through Peter's question about forgiveness, that forgiven people forgive! You see, forgiveness resets the clock for relationships! It allows you to restore broken relationship to its proper place.
When you love as He has loved, then you will Identify with the brokenness of others! God became a man and live among men so that he could identify with our brokenness. He subjected himself to the temptation & struggles of this world to identify with us. When he identified with our brokenness, he did something about it- He died on a cross! God's plan is to communicate hope to a broken world. A world that is wounded & critically ill; a world that has been marred by sin! God has empowered believers to communicate hope to broken people; they are family members; friends, co-workers, bosses, team members; they are people from every walk of life-to include you.
Before you can truly identify with the brokenness of others, you must to identify with your own. When you get in touch with your brokenness, you can relate to someone else brokenness. When  you are able to express yourself through your pain, you will hear the cries of those who need you. You see, identifying with the brokenness of others is what allows you to communicate God's love & hope.

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Pastor Loyd Johnson

GATEWAY CHURCH      

3702 Buena Vista Road

Columbus, GA  31906     

706-687-5156

 

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