Echo Devotional: Day 9 – My One Purpose

My One Purpose

 

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”.”  (Matthew 22:36-40, ESV)

You’ve heard it said, “The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born and the day you discover what your purpose is.”  For many, knowing your purpose is fundamental to deep life satisfaction.  However, purpose has to connect with your heart in order for there to be meaning, passion and true fulfillment.  You have to come into agreement with the core “Why” of your life.

FUN WITH FAMILY RULES

In our home there is a banner hanging on our dining room wall that lists rules for our house.  We didn’t formulate these rules based on our family values and character—we bought the banner from Hobby Lobby or some other store with banners like this.  It was a fun list of household and personal tasks to bring a smile.

Rule #9 is “Always pick up after yourself.”  Rule # 17 is, “Answer the phone”.  Rule #14 is, “Clean behind your ears.”   

When our kids get out of hand, I have fun yelling out things like, “Hey, Rule #17!!!”  And they’ll stop what they’re doing, run to the wall, count down the rules, and yell out, “Answer the phone”, and then laugh their little faces off.

We all want to know the rules, after all life is much easier this way. But often we have a hard time interpreting what the rules mean in all situations, and we all get the rules wrong at times, right?  Well, this is true regarding following Jesus, too.

I CAN’T DO THE TOP TWO

All my life I’ve heard about God.  I’ve been taught the scriptures since I was born.  I’ve always been in church and have been in church leadership since I was a teenager, and I can honestly say, based on this verse above, I’m not a good person.  Seriously.  If the two greatest commandments of God are to love my God with all of my heart, soul and mind, then I fail miserably.  I don’t even have to skip down to loving my neighbor as myself. 

Fact:  I can’t love God with all of my heart, soul and mind.  I’m too divided and too easily distracted.  There’s no way I can possibly perfect this.

Fact:  I can’t love my neighbor as I love myself.  I don’t think I’ve ever truly done this and I’m not sure I’ve ever even seen someone love this selflessly with all of their life.

Truth:  I need a savior and I need help growing into my purpose.  I need a heart transplant.  I need a new WAY of knowing God if I’m ever going to become who God created me to be.

My life purpose is deeply connected to God’s two greatest requirements of people who follow Jesus.  Love God and love people.  Everything hinges on these two things and I need the help of my Savior to do it.

TWO TRUTHS ABOUT LOVING GOD AND LOVING PEOPLE

  1. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO LOVE GOD AND HATE PEOPLE

“If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”  (I John 4:20, ESV)

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.”  (John 15:12-14, ESV)

How would you respond if someone told you, “I love you, but I hate your kids!”.  If we say we love God, and hate people, this is exactly what we’re saying to God!  Loving God is proved or disproved by the way a follower of Jesus loves other people, even when the people are enemies.

Following Jesus, which is synonymous with loving people, requires striving to be at peace with all people, as much as possible.

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  (Romans 12:18, NIV)

2.  GOD’S SPIRIT EMPOWERS OUR LOVE

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15, ESV)

The word “Abba” is the most intimate name for father.  It means daddy.  We are able to see God as a loving daddy and love him personally by the power of the Holy Spirit.  What a gift!

QUESTIONS

Your purpose in life is to glorify God through loving God and loving people.  This is why God made you.  Do you agree with this?  Why or why not?   

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If you could see God for who He truly is, how do you think this would change the way you love Him?

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If you could see people the way God does, how do you think this would change the way you love people?

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What does it say about God’s love for you that He would use people to bring you back, welcome you in, and help you discover His love in a fresh way?

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PRAYER

Father, open my eyes to see you the way you are.  Open my heart to experience your true love for me and show me how you love others.  Today, I ask you to remove every veil from my heart that prevents me from experiencing your love.  I need a miracle in my life to truly love the way you love.  Lord, I trust that my purpose is to love you with all of my heart and love others with your love.  I need your power to fulfill my purpose.  Empower me today.  I receive it, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

NEXT STEPS

  • BAPTISM – if you have never been baptized after receiving salvation, go to myanchorchurch.com/baptism and register for baptism today.
  • GROWTH TRACK – register today for Step 1, 2 or 3 in the Growth Track at www.myanchorchurch.com/growthtrack.  Then tell someone about what is happening in your journey to Know God.
  • GET IN A GROUP – explore the opportunities to connect with other people in an Anchor Group at www.myanchorchurch.com/groups.  You will grow and you will help others grow in their faith. 

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