“Your purpose is to give glory to God and make Him known!” –Pastor Bil Cornelius
“Fulfilling God’s purpose for your life will satisfy you.” –Pastor Bil Cornelius
Dear Jesus, thank you for the wisdom that you’ve provided in your Word. Help us to read it, apply it, and live our lives in a way that is pleasing to you. In your name we pray, Amen.
The Lord has made everything for his own purposes. Proverbs 16:4 TLB
I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. In this way, I tried to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world.
4 I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. 7 I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. I also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in Jerusalem before me. 8 I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire!
9 So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. Ecclesiastes 2:1-10
So I came to hate life because…Everything is meaningless..(4:8) and depressing. Ecclesiastes 2:17,4:8 NLT
You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in You. Isaiah 26:3 TEV
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11 MSG
Teacher, which is the most important commandment..?” Jesus replied, “ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart..soul..and..mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-37 NLT
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NIV