I was blessed to enjoy yet another fantastic week in Central Florida doing what I do best: serve God through my work and ministry opportunities. More “would be” headaches turned into small miracles, a few people joined the Thrive Through Christ Ministries and thankfully, there were plenty of witnessing opportunities. All I can say is “Praise the LORD!”
Though I was blessed with another great week, I couldn’t help notice people around me seemingly had another plain one. Involved in a daily routine that involves going to work, followed by watching a little television and finally, going to sleep. A routine that’s become too familiar nowadays…
Digging deeper into this mundane lifestyle I realized the people caught in this vicious cycle are hopeless non believers with empty hearts. They work non-fulfilling jobs, live empty lives and have no passion. How can anyone be happy just “taking up space” living a purposeless life? The answer is, they can’t. They’re not happy, they’ll be the first ones to admit their job is a means to pay the bills and through financial wealth or the illusion thereof, that better days are ahead… Wrong!
Greed and poor planning are at the root of this week’s message; Giving your life a purpose, sharing your God given talents helping others fulfill their life’s mission is the ONLY way of life that leads to guaranteed better days. No one will make a positive difference in other people’s lives staying home watching tv, reading the paper or doing a puzzle. The happiest people on earth are those who give their lives to serve others through God. They are the ones who attain true richness and live full lives.
Why then are so many people living empty lives? I wish I had an answer to that question. But the truth is, I don’t. I can only look at my own life and admit I used to live a pathetic life until I was saved. I was caught in a hopeless routine until I realized I was recklessly headed in the wrong direction. What changed it for me? An inspiring service at Saddleback Church followed a commitment. Both are critical in living a purposeful life.
To me the quest for happiness seems to be a simple one. It starts with repentance, then acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and savior which also involves making God a promise and, is sealed by following through this promise. This is called spiritual rebirth and described in John’s gospel.
“1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” 4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:1-8)
Be consistent in serving God using His word as a guidebook inspiring others to live their lives to it’s fullest according to the scripture. The Bible is more than wise words spoken by Kings and prophets, and more then passionate letters written about God and his son Jesus Christ. The Bible is a roadmap to heaven and true fulfillment for your life.
“3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:3-9)
I sincerely hope this message will lead you away from hopeless normality knowing this purposeless normality will ensure a meaningless life for you and result in eternal life in hell. i invite you to reach out to others around you and seek Christ so you too can make a difference. Make a commitment to living a purpose full life and stick to it. You’ll be forever glad you did.
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We ask that you will give purpose to our lives
And guide us to help others around us live happier lives
Through you and with you Lord.
We thank you for all that you make possible in our lives
And pray that you will continue to bless us like only you can.
Please God lead us to commit our lives to serving you
And follow through our promise throughout this life,
So that we may rejoice with you and your Angels in the next.
God please forgive our sins and those of the people around us,
Look after us, our families and friends in the days ahead
And answer our prayers and those who seek you.
Thank you all mighty God for your presence in our lives.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre