My Life’s Purpose – Live up to it!

6/11/2005 4:59 AM

S: ?and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become
confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the
word without fear.? ?What then? Only that in every way,
whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in
this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.? ??so now also
Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by
death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.?
?Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of
Christ?.? Philippians 1:14, 18, 20, 21, 27

O: Listen to the words of John Maxwell on Phil. 1:12-18

“Paul might have been forgiven had he chosen to take a
little sabbatical as he sat in prison, awaiting his trial.
Yet he used even this opportunity to advance the gospel
(Phil 1:12).
Paul was a leader who never drifted from his mission.
He determined to leave his mark wherever he went. George
Washington Carver wrote, ?No individual has any right to
come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind
him distinct and legitimate reasons for having massed
through it.?
How did Paul?s sense of purpose keep him in the battle as
he sat in prison? What did he learn behind bars? Consider
the following:
1. A purpose will motivate you.
2. A purpose will keep your priorities straight.
3. A purpose will develop your potential.
4. A purpose will give you power to live in the present.
5. A purpose will help you evaluate your progress.”
The Maxwell Leadership Bible, p. 1447

And again, commenting on the same passage:

“A personal sense of purpose works in two ways. First, we
work on it. Then, it works on us.
Once Paul had determined his life mission, that purpose
daily improved his attitude. In prisons, shipwrecks,
beatings, through trials and debates, Paul kept on smiling
because of his strong sense of purpose. He understood that
leaders can either surrender to their circumstances, or
they can surrender to a cause that is so great, their
circumstances won?t matter.
When we surrender to our circumstances, we have good days
and bad days. We are the mercy of what happens to us.
When we surrender to a cuase or a purpose, we have good
days wherever we go; the purpose never dies. Paul?s
attitude helped his purpose go forward, then his purpose
helped his attitude go forward! His attitude helped him
conclude that it didn?t matter what happened to him of
others ? so long as the mission continued.”
The Maxwell Leadership Bible, p. 1448

A: I think for me, I?ve found this all to be true. I read
Paul and I see that he really did have a mission for his
life and he never stopped. I?ve found that when I focus on
the mission that God has given me, to reach lost people,
the mission begins to really make me. It focuses my
energy, it focuses my thoughts, it focuses my ideas and it
focuses what I need to do.

I?m impressed with the drive of Paul. I?m impressed with
his overall commitment to the message of Christ. I?m
impressed with his ability to sing and laugh in prison.
I?m impressed that he never gave up.

P: Lord, I want to be like that. I know Jim accuses me of
being a bulldog once in awhile, or of being a broken record
on the vision. But I see a lot of times where I get
distracted and could do a much better job. I want to
preach Christ and I want to lead a church that is preaching
Christ to the unchurched ? those that have never had him
preached before. It?s my desire to see a church that is
making a difference because of its evangelistic attitude.

Lord, make this happen. Keep me focused so that I can keep
others focused. But please don?t ever let it be about me,
Lord. Please don?t ever let it be about what Roger is
doing. Let it always be about you, Jesus. Let it always
be about being filled with the Spirit.

Lord, empty my heart and fill me with your spirit. Empty
my life and empty my soul. Make me a man like you who is
willing to follow wherever you lead. Please continue to
guide me, Lord. Please continue to focus me. Please
continue to let me listen to you. I submit my life and my
plans to you. I love you, Lord.