We all have a purpose; something destined by God for our lives. Yet to fulfill our purpose, we need to be rooted and grounded in our Faith. When we live as His committed followers of Christ, we can walk in our purpose for we will have the Lord Jesus as our Focus.  Hebrews 12:1 – 2 states, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”  

According to this verse, we are to look to the Lord Jesus. If we look to people, they will disappoint us. People have little control over situations and circumstances.  We can also lose their favor as quickly as we have gained it. So if we completely rely on people, they will eventually let us down. If we look to self, it will fail us. We have frailties and faults; struggles and weaknesses. So if we try to rely completely on ourselves, the pressure will become too great and we will eventually break down under the weight. If we look to our resources, they will deceive us into acting independently of God to our own harm. When we rely completely on our financial backing or social connections, we tend not to seek the will of God. Yet, whenever a believer acts independently of God, it always leads to a downfall.  If we look to the world, it will derail us. We are to remember that as believers, we are in the world but we are not of the world. Yes, we are to learn a skill. Yes, we are to get an education. For we will need certain skill sets and an adequate knowledge base to fulfill the purpose that God has given us. But we are to guard against embracing worldly views and practices that conflict with the Word of God and the ways of God for they will move us off course. 

Therefore, to fulfill the purpose that God has given us, we are to look to the Lord Jesus. But how do we focus on the Lord Jesus when we cannot see Him? We do so as we obey His Words and follow His example. First, the Words of our Lord Jesus will serve as the standard for our thinking and behavior. They will guide us in our interactions with others. His Words will be our defense against derailing off course. They will keep us from falling into the snares of the world and the devices of the enemy.  Secondly, as we follow the Lord Jesus’ example for living and serving, we will not be moved off course by the fame, wealth, and power that may come with the fulfillment of our purpose. Instead of becoming prideful, self-serving, and distracted with the trappings of success, we will remember that no matter how high God elevates us, we are His servants.

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