Purpose-Driven Living

If you want to be a person of success, you must be a person of purpose!

Look at Jesus. He knew what He had to accomplish in life. Even while He was very young, He expressed purpose in his speech. And right before He was sentenced to be crucified, Jesus made His awesome declaration of purpose: “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth…” (John 18:37 NKJV).

Look at John the Baptist. He knew what He had to accomplish in life. Though people misunderstood him, he understood himself! That’s why he commented, “I myself did not know him (Jesus), but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” (John 1:31 ESV).

Look at Paul the apostle. He knew what He had to accomplish in life. He understood his divine purpose on the Damascus road while he had a shattering yet marvelous encounter with the Lord. He heard Jesus saying, “…arise and stand upon your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, that I might appoint you to serve as [My] minister…” (Acts 26:16 AMP). That’s why he could confidently tell his spiritual son Timothy “…for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle … and a true and faithful teacher…” (1 Timothy 2:7 NIV).

When you are purpose driven, you know that you are purpose driven! In other words, living with purpose isn’t accidental. It’s intentional. You sense it. And you pursue it – regardless of the consequence.

That is what moved Mother Teresa to touch the untouchable. That is what propelled Martin Luther King, Jr., to be a voice to the voiceless. That is what motivates Tommy Barnett and his son Matthew Barnett to build Dream Centers for those who live with shattered dreams!

What moves you to tears? What pains you to blurt out, “I can’t stand this anymore”? Which activity provides you uncontainable joy and satisfaction? Follow that and you will soon be fulfilling your heaven-inspired purpose!

– – – written by Joe Abraham