Breaking Through Meaningless Living: She Lives Her Life With Purpose

Friday, October 16, 2015

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11)

We all have a responsibility. What kind of way is that to start a lesson?

It’s true though…as much as we’d like to live lives where things are handed to us at our command and everything goes our way; it’s simply not realistic. So when things don’t happen to go our way, when we have goals and tasks that need to be met, how do we react? Is it with purpose or with carelessness?

We have the responsibility… to respond with purpose.

Operating with purpose indicates the manner or attitude in which we do things. Do we cry when we don’t get our way, or do we consult God? With purpose means we have goals and intentions, which direct our thoughts, words, and actions in certain situations. Do we find we’re always wandering aimlessly with no set direction; therefore becoming angry, confused, and uncertain about our lives?

The scripture above states that we are to speak as God directs and to minister (i.e., serve, teach, or host) with the ability and strength that God gives. Why? So that in everything God is glorified and Jesus is praised. God gives us the words to speak, ladies, and He provides the strength we need to live with purpose; but how often do we turn to ourselves or other means?

The sister who lives with purpose allows God’s word to drive her response to life.

When you start your day, what’s your attitude? Are you selfless or selfish, serving or stingy, open or withdrawn, God-focused or man-focused, encumbered with your to-do lists or ready to be led by the Spirit?

God is sending you out into the world; so don’t miss the opportunity to be spiritually intentional. Spiritual intentionality is how a sister with a purpose breaks through meaningless living. She creates circumstances, rather than allowing life to merely happen to her.

You can be the one who breaks the awkward elevator silence and actually begin having open conversations with people. If you’re the mom-on-the-go, riddled with the task of fixing breakfast and lunches at the crack of dawn, you can listen to spiritual music while preparing meals or driving the kids to school. You can ask the church to pray for you as you begin a new business venture, versus being afraid to let people into your life. Instead of putting God at the bottom of your to-do list, submit your plans to Him and watch Him establish your day!

We can choose to live with intentionality based on God’s purpose or waste our lives doing nothing. Each of us has a responsibility to love, give time, attention, or wise counsel. In all our giving, let it be with purpose.

Today’s affirmation: My attitude in everything is with purpose. Regardless of what I see before me, I know God is working within me.

As you figure out how you will respond with purpose today, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Does the way I speak and minister align with my values and God's purpose for my life?
2. Does the way I act strengthen my relationships and allow me to grow socially and spiritually?
3. Am I willing to step out of my comfort zones to create meaningful interactions?

Prayer:

Dear Lord, our purpose in life is to live for you; not because we're nothing, but because you're our everything. Each day, we're faced with many decisions that require us to choose how we would respond. Sometimes we choose wrong because of uncertainties, fears, anger, or simple ignorance; so, we ask for your help as we try to live with purpose, remembering your plans for our lives. We don't always know which way to turn or what is best for us, but if we keep trusting you, we know you'll make it clear. In Jesus' precious name we pray, Amen.. 



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