CHAPTER 4: The Importance of PURPOSE:
“This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.”
I was made to realize recently the importance of purpose in the Divine scheme of things. Without purpose, we are like the proverbial man who "jumped on his horse and rode off in all directions at once." As Rick Warren reminds us, in chapter 1 of his book, "The Purpose Driven Life," it all starts with God." So easily we forget this
simple fact. One thing he says is that "the purpose of your life fits into a much larger cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity."1
God had a purpose when he created the universe and He had a purpose when He created us. (Rom.9:11) Thus, our lives have a purpose. Thus, instead of being driven by guilt, anger, fear, resentment, materialism or need for approval, we should be driven by our purpose, that is, God's purposes for us. This will give our life meaning. It will also simplify and focus our life. Without a clear purpose, you will tend to make decisions based on pressures, circumstances or you present mood. In Chapter 1, I mentioned that If Timethous the beggar in my novel, .OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM,. would have sought to realize his purpose earlier in life, perhaps he could have found a more suitable way to make a living. Just what that might have been, or even if he would have found any, we can only conjecture. Yet, it is true that without a purpose, you may try to do too much and thus become fatigued, which is probably how he felt after his numerous unsuccessful attempts to secure employment. Without a clear purpose, we may become restless and may constantly want to change our direction. Timotheus finally did seek for it, but too late. Thus, he was always asking questions, while his older partner Lucas, had already mistakenly accepted that his purpose or lot in life was to beg and live off of the charity of others.
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