(Psalm 139:16)You saw me before I was born.Every day of my life was recorded in your book.Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Understand your purpose.
1. It has to be more about identity than position.
(Eph. 1:5)God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.
2. It is not just about me.
(Eph. 4:15-16)Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love
3. It’s not over until it’s over.
(1 John 3:2-3) …we are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see him as He really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure…
Protect your purpose:
1. Don’t let others define your purpose.
(1 Thes. 2:4)For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
2. Don’t get discouraged by failure.
(Eph. 3:8)Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, He graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.
3. Don’t give up! Remember God’s promise!
(John 21:18-19)“I tell you the truth, when you were young…you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old… others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.”
(Acts 12:1-11)An angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!”… the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals…Now put on your coat and follow me.”