Rhapsody of Realities 19 May 2023: Focus on Your Assignment
SCRIPTURE: …I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
One of the beautiful things about discovering your divine purpose in life is that it keeps you focused. Your purpose defines your life, giving you a focus and a direction. A synonym for purpose is “intent” or “design.” Intent or design is never general; it must be clear, definite and specific for it to be realistic and effective.
Our Lord J e s u s had a clear purpose for coming into the world, and He expressed it unequivocally. He said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have ti to thefull” (John 10:10).
The Word says in 1 John 3:8: “….For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” Then in Luke 19:10, Jesus declared, “…The son of man is come to seek andt o save that which was lost.” His purpose was very clear: He came to do the will of His Father.
He said, “..My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me, and from finishing his work” (John 4:34 TLB). We see from this statement of Jesus, a very powerful principle of life revealed: the pursuit and fulfilment of your divine purpose is the true sustenance of life; it’s the fuel that keeps your engine running while you’re on the face of this earth. Even in the natural sense, few things stimulate, keep alive, or stir courage as much as going after a goal and accomplishing it.
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We also see purpose expressed in Paul’s narrative of his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 26:13-16). He appeared to Paul to make him a minister and a witness (Acts 26:16). He futher reveals to Paul that he was “to open the eyes of the Gentiles and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Christ Jesus” (Acts 26:18 .)
This was Paul’s reason for being; this was his life’s mission, and he said in verse 19, “..I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.” Then in 1 Corinthians 9:26, he said, “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air.” In other words, I’m focused on my mission; I’m definitive about carrying out God’s plan for my life. That’s how it ought to be. Be focused on your assignment, on your God-given purpose. Glory to God!
CONFESSION: Dear Father, I’m unwavering, steadfast, resolute, firm and focused on my mission and the purpose for which I was created. | serve you wholeheartedly as a witness of the Gospel of Christ, definitive about fulfilling your purpose for my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
16 But 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 and to bear witness both to what you have seen of Me and to that in which I will appear to you,
17 Choosing you out [selecting you for Myself] and delivering you from among this [Jewish] people and the Gentiles to whom I am sending you—
18 To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Me.
11 And [that same] following night the Lord stood beside Paul and said, Take courage, Paul, for as you have borne faithful witness concerning Me at Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: John 8:48-59 &2 Kings 1-3
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Mark 11:12-26 & Numbers 22
Thank you for studying today’s Rhapsody of Realities – Focus on Your Assignment – written by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.
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