TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, May 11, 2018:
The reason, for which something exists, is done or made; an intended desired result or objective; God’s predetermined will.
We were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.
II Corinthians 1:8
What shall I say, Father save Me from this hour? But for this purpose, I came to this hour.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Many people live their life without any real purpose in mind. We are creatures of habit and many believe that if all is going well, why change. Many people have no aspirations other than to meet their daily needs. They ask, “Why am I here?” and have no answer, so they feel they have no purpose.
Some people do have a purpose in life. This purpose may to have the goal to be rich, popular, famous or whatever. But these purposes have no guarantee for any deep satisfaction or lasting future. For those who have determined what they desire to be the purpose in life that purpose will be their priority.
God’s greatest desire is for each of us to have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. If you have a daily relationship with Jesus as your Savior, your priority in life will be to live a God honoring life with your main purpose to spread God’s message of salvation that Jesus is the one and only way to heaven.
A believer has the God given purpose of being a witness for Jesus to all those they meet through their words and actions.
In John 6:38 Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me.” Jesus purpose in coming to this earth was to do the will of His Father and that was to be crucified on the cross taking all of our sins on Himself. It was a moment He did not want to face because He was human as you and I and He knew it would be a horrible death. What He dreaded most was the separation from His father that would come as a result of taking our sins upon Himself. Jesus willingly put aside His desires in order to do the will of His Father. When Jesus laid down His life to die on the cross to save us from our sins He fulfilled the purpose He was sent to earth to accomplish.
The apostle Paul, in the verse we have put above from II Corinthians, tells us that he was willing to suffer to fulfill God’s purpose for his life. He told the church at Corinth (above verse) that his persecution was so intense that he despaired even of life. But he knew that this was God’s purpose for his life at that time. Because he kept his focus on God through his valleys and over his mountains and even on the raging sea he was able to endure his persecution joyfully instead of being overwhelmed.
Paul had such great faith that even in the direst of circumstances he knew that God was at work to accomplish His purpose through him.
God has a purpose for each of us and He wants to fulfill that purpose. Trials in life that we face most likely are part of God’s plan to accomplish His purpose in our lives. Trials make us think and thinking makes us wiser and wisdom helps us see our weaknesses and our need to rely on the Lord. The more we rely on the Lord the more able we will be to fulfill God’s purpose for us.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:3.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
Give both me and my family the faith that we need today to trust You when our burdens seem too much to bear. Make our lives purposeful so that we can honor Your name in all we do. Help us to rise above the evils of this world and to be the testimony of God’s love and saving grace that others need to see and hear through our words and deeds.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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