Points to Ponder: What on Earth Am I Here For?

Points to Ponder
What on Earth Am I Here For?

I had to chuckle when I heard a commercial on a Christian radio station. The sponsor, a local college, began its ad with the question, "What is the meaning of life?" Then the announcer piped in excitedly: "We don't know the meaning of life, but we can help you secure a rewarding future!"
I used to be a marketing director. I found it interesting to imagine the college executives and their media advisors sitting in a boardroom and actually deciding that the above statement reflects who they are. Isn't it kind of ridiculous to think that you could even know what a "rewarding future" consists of when you don't know the essence of what makes the rewards rewarding? The meaning of life; is it so illusive? For many people, they would prefer to avoid the question altogether. Yet how can one pursue the what if one does not embrace the why? What is the purpose of life--particularly your life?
In Act 17:26-28, Paul says that we each have been created by God at a certain time in history and appointed to dwell in a certain place on earth, "So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us...." (v. 27)
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, then you must press on toward the upward call (Phil. 3:12-14) and grow in knowledge and spiritual maturity (Eph. 4:11-16).(END ITALICS) To know and embrace the calling to which He has especially called YOU--that's the next step.
Are you ready to take that step?
The Lord has been moving through First Church; we've seen His hand in many things and witnessed the power of His redeeming love among us. What is God's purpose for this church on Main Street? What is YOUR specific part in the greater purpose and plan of God? A truly rewarding life flows from the sure and certain knowledge of God's purpose. Ask anyone who knows they're doing what God has called them to do. Their joy is Full, the rewards are boundless.
First Church is participated in a nationwide campaign called "Forty Days of Purpose". Earlier, a few small groups in the adult Sunday School Classes studied the Purpose Driven Life, by Pastor Rick Warren. The experience for those who did the 40-day study was enlightening, even life-changing for some. The theme of the study was to answer the question: "What on earth am I here for?"
Thousands of churches have done this Biblically grounded and inspired study in order to determine God's vision for their local body of believers.
I encourage you to personally commit yourself to be part of this study. Let us be "in one accord" as the children of God and be open to His leading. During Sunday School and in the Pastor's Bible Study classes (Tuesdays/Thursdays), anyone can be part of the journey.
"Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Jesus in Matthew 18:20)
Imagine what it would be like if 300 are gathered together for the one common purpose of hearing God's instructions for His church and for your part in it.

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