A Hope And A Purpose

Ephesians 3:20 KJV Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

1 Corinthians 1:26 “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.”

These two verses taken together paint a picture for us of the incredible journey that God has in store for us.   When we were called, we entered a place with:  NEW LIFE, NEW HOPE, NEW PURPOSE, and NEW POTENTIAL. Many of us have dreams, passions, and burdens. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things HOPED FOR, the evidence of things not seen.

What happens when we have no hope?

What does it look like to have no hope?

The crouching lady in Tonle Sap Lake Village, Cambodia was a person with no hope.  What exactly is hope?  It can be characterized as an awakening within the human soul that life can be better than it is.  This is an essential aspect of The Gospel.  It is Good News.  Ephesians 1:18 ESV Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the HOPE to which he has called you, God has a plan for you.  It is evident how people long to have hope and a purpose by looking at the success of the book by Rick Warren “Purpose Driven Life.”   This book has sold over 32 Million Copies. It is the best-selling hard-back in US History, and was on the New York Times Best-Seller list for 90+ Weeks.

Why do we long for purpose?

What is the path to finding our purpose?

The business world has seen the importance of purpose.  At one business summit, more than 200 Top Business & Cultural Leaders embraced the idea that they need a purpose that goes beyond their balance sheet, and makes the world a better place in some way. 90% of executives said their companies now recognize the importance of having “an aspirational reason for being which inspires and provides a call to action.”

Jeremiah 29:11-12 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE, and A FUTURE.”  Isn’t it a blessing that God has given us a hopeful future.  1 Corinthians 2:9 in the CEV says “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!” One of the gifts given to us is the ability to look ahead. The capacity to imagine the future is a fundamental defining characteristic of being human.  Potential is something we all have, but not everyone realizes it to the fullest.

The definition of potential is that which can be but has not yet come into being. That which is actually possible, but is unrealized. That which is latent, invisible, inactive, lying hidden, or undeveloped in a person.  God’s grace shouts into our lives, “I BELIEVE IN YOU.” Behavioral science research suggests that it really doesn’t take much for each of us to reconnect to our sense of purpose. Studies say that even a brief moment of personal reflection can help us rise to the challenge by immediately boosting our performance, determination, and resilience. There are a lot of incredibly faithful, effective, and productive Kingdom people around the world and on the surface you’d never believe where they’ve come from, what they’ve come out of, or what they’ve overcome. The world has sabotaged people to fail.  There is a deliberate strategy in the world to overthrow people’s dream; the possibilities of their life in Christ.  God has always provided grace enough to succeed. Philippians 1:6 “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion…”  You did not have to be born with certain characteristics or leadership traits. You do not have to wait for a tap on the shoulder. You do not have to be at the top of an organization. You can discover your potential beginning right now. Dare to leave the land of familiar. Step out of your comfort zone. Follow the dream, the burden, and the vision that has been placed in your heart. Do not expect the LORD or anyone else to hand you a development plan. You need to take responsibility for developing yourself.

“Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the mouth.” Mike Tyson

What do you do when the unexpected arrives?

How do you adjust?”

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