18 Dec Running With Purpose
“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure” Eric Liddell (Winner of 1924 Olympic 400 meters breaking the world record).
1 Cor 9:26-27 TLB. 26-27. So I run straight to the goal with PURPOSE in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadow-boxing or playing around. Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside.
Mark 1:37-38 BBE. And when they came up with him, they said to him, everyone is looking for you.38 and he said to them, Let us go to other parts into the nearest towns, so that I may give teaching there, because for this PURPOSE I came.
Mathew 1:21 AMP. He will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].
John 12:27 AMP. Now my soul is troubled and distressed, and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour [of trial and agony]? But it was for this very PURPOSE that I have come to this hour [that I might undergo it]. 1 John 3:8 NKJV. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this PURPOSE the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
The late Dr. Myles Munroe of blessed memory said “When the purpose of something is not known, abuse of it is inevitable”. God never create anyone without a specific purpose in life as no manufacturer create or invent any product without a particular intention or objective. It is the discovery of this great intention that saves people from becoming victims of distractions and frustrations in life. This also empowers an individual to experience great results that is unparalleled. When a man understands this ideal purpose, such person gains freedom from living a life of trial and error which had made a lot of people to dissipate energy and also wasted a lot of resources in a bid to achieve some goals that are not part of what God originally planned for such individual.
One main reason why a lot of people today are victims of all kinds of pressures whether it is from peer or people like becoming influenced to do some illegal business transactions such as false acquisition of properties just to impress others is simply lack of adequate understanding of the subject of purpose. This is also the reason why majority of people indulge in all manner of immoral activities like adultery, fornication, pornography and all manner of sexual misconducts, taking of harmful substances like cocaine, Indian hemps, intoxicating drinks, unhealthy social gatherings and so on in the name of enjoying pleasures.
The truth is if we understand that we are not here on earth just to occupy space or to please people, but that God created us in His image, gave us His identity and glory all because of His enormous love for us and the specific purpose of living for Him, we will freely enjoy life without struggles that fuel our selfish pleasure and leave this earth free from regrets. Jesus would have been distracted by people from His heavenly assignment and by His own self but His understanding of purpose helped Him to stay on course in life.
The devil who actually is the principal enemy of mankind tried to deceive Jesus to satisfy Himself by enticing Him with all the beautiful things of life like he did to Adam and Eve, thankfully, Jesus refused and that’s the joy of the world today. You can read the whole account in Mathew 4: 1-11.That is why God’s word admonished us to run with purpose so that we don’t become dissuaded by material things in 1 John 2:15-17. Our world today is in chaos with several negative vices like suicide bombings, divorce, spread of diseases and so on despite several technological advancement with scientific discoveries and different fun activities people engage in because they are not running their lives with purpose. I think this is primarily the reason a lot of people often feel bored and easily get depressed too.
We must realize that nothing in life can really substitute for purposeful living. No inventions, associations, connections, profession and possessions with religious activities can because without purpose life becomes like a basket that can’t hold any liquid content, no matter how much is put into it, it will still be empty.
“People, properties or possessions, professions, pleasures, places and religious policies cannot really give you satisfaction in life until you discover and run with your life’s PURPOSE” RSD.
©Ralph Segun Dada 2016