What’s the Purpose of Your Life? Considering the Call of God

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What is your life calling? To what are you giving your life? On Sunday, we looked at God’s call in the Apostle Paul’s life from Colossians 1:24-29. From this passage, we saw that by God’s power, we are to fulfill the call that God has given us. We saw three elements of God’s call in the lives of believers.

First, God calls us to suffer (Col. 1:24). When we follow Christ, we will experience hardship. The Apostle Paul faced extreme agony as he served the Lord. Jesus said that believers should expect difficulty (John 16:33). Suffering is part of the Christian experience; enduring hardship is one element of God’s call in our lives.

Second, God calls us to share the gospel widely (Col. 1:25-28). God had called Paul to make known the beautiful reality of Christ in you to the Gentiles. In other words, the Gentiles could come to know Christ and be a part of the people of God. Paul sought to proclaim the gospel widely to all people.

Third, God calls us to labor to make disciples (Col. 1:28-29). Paul said that he worked tirelessly to present everyone mature in Christ. In other words, Paul sought to teach new Christians how to walk with Christ and how to mature in their faith.

As we look at this passage, we get an understanding of the call of God for every believer. We are meant to fulfill God’s call in His power. But how? We suffer while trusting God. We share the gospel with others. We make disciples. This is the heart of God’s call for every Christian– the preacher, the banker, the mechanic, the professor, the farmer. We are meant to share Jesus and make disciples even in hardship. Are you telling others about Jesus? Are you making disciples? Are you living out God’s purpose for your life?

Prayers and Possibilities in the New Year

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On Sunday, we looked at Colossians 1:1-8 and saw the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the church at Colossae. In Paul’s prayer, it is clear that the gospel had transformed the Colossian believers. Not only that, the gospel was spreading in their city.

In many ways, this gives us a vision of what we hope to occur in our church and city. We want to see people changed by the gospel, and we want to witness the gospel’s impact in our town and beyond.

In this passage, prayer is vital. Paul prays regularly for these brothers and sisters. Paul’s example reminds us of the necessity of praying for the Lord to move in our church and our city.

Not only is prayer central, but deep relationships within the church are essential. God uses fellow believers to help us grow in Him. However, forming these relationships takes time and effort. It is crucial for believers to gather weekly for worship and to meet regularly with a small group for Bible study and prayer. In these contexts, we challenge and strengthen one another in our faith. Imagine a plant without water for an extended period. It won’t grow and eventually withers. Similarly, we stunt our growth in Christ when we don’t prioritize worship and fellowship with each other.

Remember, the power of the gospel! Jesus doesn’t remodel us. He remakes us. He doesn’t do a renovation but a total transformation. We want to see changed lives! How should we respond to this passage? First, commit to pray for God to move in our church. Second, build worship and fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ into your family’s weekly rhythms.

I’m looking forward to an incredible 2019. Let’s pray for God to move in our church and city!