Friday, May 21, 2010

Keeping Your Purpose Alive

“Solomon, my son, get to know the God of your fathers. Worship and serve him with a clean heart and a willing mind, for the Lord sees every heart and understands and knows every thought.” 1 Chr 28:9 (TLB)

A burned out light bulb, an empty toothpaste tube, a broken record. That’s not you! People never outlive their usefulness! True, we do feel burned out and empty and even broken at times, but don’t let that fool you. You’ve got more to offer than a toothpaste tube! You cannot outlast your usefulness!! One of the major causes of a lack of drive is a lack of purpose. Life seems empty when it is without purpose. Sometimes we run out of purpose long before we run out of energy. How can I renew the sense of purpose in my life? In 1 Chronicles 28 David shows us how to refresh our purpose when we come to a crossroads.

Involve your heart (I Chron 28:9)
Real purpose has to involve more that the merely routine - you have to have your heart in it! If the purpose is being imposed from outside it has the feel of pressure. If the purpose is welling up from inside it has the feel of real promise and enthusiasm. Some of you are caught in the Twilight Zone between wanting and willing. You’ve got a case of the “shoulds.” Give God a willing heart.

Inspect your plan (v. 19)
Ask yourself: are my plans big enough? Are they bigger than your comfort? David's plan for his life went beyond comfort in his life. I talk to a lot of people who's greatest plan is personal comfort. That's not big enough!! Are your plans bigger than your desires? Have you discovered the surprising fact that even if you got everything you desired, it wouldn't be big enough?

Invest your resources
When a purpose catches a hold of your heart and life you become willing to invest yourself in it! David invested his own resources! About $87 million in gold and $125 million in silver - no small investment. It's one thing to use someone else’s resources, quite another thing to invest your own. Purpose has a personal price!

Family Discussion: What’s the biggest plan you feel God has for your life?

Children’s Activity: Squeeze some toothpaste out of a tube... and then try to put it back in again! Talk about the fact that while WE can’t put everything back into our lives like we’d want to, God can do anything!

Watch & Listen!

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