RUN WITH PURPOSE

All of us are being called to be “all in” in our commitment to Jesus Christ and the mission of NewPointe. We want to run with purpose. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

That’s our goal—we want to run with purpose. Just as every Olympic relay race has four legs, the race we feel God is calling us to run has four legs. We believe those legs of the race are reaching our 1) Family and Friends, 2) Local Communities, 3) Ohio, and 4) our World. This is so exciting because God’s purpose for each of our lives is so much greater than our own personal fulfillment, peace of mind, or even personal happiness.

Unfortunately, many of us are not living in that place. Some of us are living at the survival level, just going through the motions, just doing what we need to do to get by, making no attempts to change or grow. You are just surviving.

Some of us step it up a notch and live at the successful level. We have a job, house, family, kids. We own material things and overall seem successful in life. It’s not the best place, but it’s better than surviving. However, success can never give enough to satisfy your soul. Success is like drinking pop. It tastes good but it doesn’t quench your thirst. Each one of us was born with a hole of eternal and spiritual dimensions that only things that matter spiritually and eternally can satisfy.

A few people live at the significance level, the highest level in life we should all try to obtain. At this level you are living life and life to the fullest. You are experiencing the life God desires and paid for in the person of Jesus Christ. You value life and the relationships in your life. You are full of gratitude and compassion. You are focused on that which will last for all of eternity. That which will last longer than your family, your ministry, or even your dreams and ambitions.

Significance comes from knowing who you are and what you are called to do. To get those answers you must begin with God and not yourself. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your life’s purpose. Job 12:10 says, “It is God who directs the lives of His creatures; everyone’s life is in His power.”

How then do you discover the purposes you were created for?

He has clearly revealed our purpose in life through the Bible, our owner’s manual. It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11 MSG

There are five great questions we all have to answer in our quest: These are five questions that I came across and have used in bringing clarity in my own life.

First, what will be the CENTER of my life? Career? Money? Fun? Family? These are all good, but they don’t belong at the center of your life. None of these are strong enough to hold you together when life starts breaking apart. Whatever is the center of your life is your god. When you committed your life to Christ, He moved into the center. But you must choose that consistently

How do you know when God is at the center of your life? When God is not at the center of your life you worry. Worry is the warning light that God has been sidelined. The moment you put Him back at the center you will begin to experience peace.

Colossians 2:10: “. . . you are complete in Him (Jesus). When you have Jesus Christ at the center of your life you experience peace and contentment."

Second, what will be the CHARACTER of my life? What kind of person will you be? God is far more interested in who you are than what you do?

Your character will affect how much you achieve in life, and will determine whether you are worth knowing or not. It will make or break every relationship you have. Your character is the internal script that will determine how you respond to failure, success, mistreatment, and pain.

Your character either paves the way or prevents the way of you enjoying life, and it is always developing or deteriorating.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.2 Peter 1:5-8

Third, what will be the CONTRIBUTION of my life? What will you be known for? You were put on earth to make a contribution. You weren't created just to consume resources--to eat, breathe, and take up space. God designed you to make a difference with your life. You have to decide whether you are going to be a giver or a taker. At the end of your life on earth you will stand before God, and He is going to evaluate how well you served others with your life. At that point, all our excuses for self-centeredness will sound hollow.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

The “good works” are things that last eternally. There are a lot of good things we can give our life to, but they don’t necessarily have eternal value.

Fourth, what will be the COMMUNITY of my life? All of us are influenced by others—people who change our thinking and behaviors. God makes a promise: Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20

Clearly, your relationships determine the direction and the QUALITY of your life.

Fifth, what will be the COMMUNICATION of my life? If there is one thing that you could share with everyone, what would it be? We have one life to live and give. This is our chance to give God’s message to our generation. Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling other the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love. Acts 20:24 TLB

Why are things questions so important? Two reasons: First, in life we only make a handful of decisions and then we manage those decisions.

Secondly, when you answer these questions, well, you are ready to run with purpose and win. THIS is our generation. We have a big responsibility. “David served God’s purposes in his generation.” Acts 13:36a

David ran with purpose, and life and eternity were changed for him, his world, and succeeding generations.

Will you be a person God can use for His purposes? Let’s run with purpose, and run to win. Will you be ALL IN?

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