HOW TO LIVE A PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE

BOOKS TO READ

1. A purpose driven life by – Rick Warren
2. In pursuit of purpose by Myles Munroe

All scripture is breathed by God and it is useful for training, teaching, correcting and rebuking so that we can be equipped for every good work. The secret to your future is hidden in your daily routine. The things that you do on a daily basis are predictors of the kind of future you will have. If you want to live a purpose driven life, there are things that you must do on a daily basis or things that have to be part of your daily routine.

If you take care of the seconds and the minutes effectively then the years will be well taken care of. We need to pray that God will help us to do things on a daily basis that we fulfill the purpose of God for our lives.

The Old Testament priests lives speaks volumes and among the things that they did everyday was to burn incense in the morning and the evening. This was done daily and it was part of their daily routine as in Exodus 30:7-9 and 2 Chronicles 13:11.

Psalm 141:2 says, “Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” 

Incense is an old testament type of prayer. In Revelation 8, an angel presented incense before the Lord. The old testament priests’ daily routine speaks of a daily routine of prayer. Prayer should be part and parcel of your daily routine if you want to live a purpose driven life. For you to benefit from prayer meetings, you must have your own personal prayer life. Without your own personal prayer life, you cannot fulfill the purposes that God has for your life because prayer is the fuel that drives a life of purpose. You cannot drive a car when it is no fuel and therefore, without the fuel of prayer you cannot fulfill your purpose.

Acts 1:14 and Acts 2:42 the believers of the early church joined constantly in prayer. Prayer was part of the early church’s daily routine and they were able to fulfill their purposes of God for their time. Every man and woman in scripture who did great things for the kingdom of God was a man and a woman of prayer. Moses had a tent of meeting where he went every day and he spent the biggest part of his day in the tent of meeting. Moses spend the biggest part of his ministry communing with God in prayer. Prayer is an indispensable discipline that must be done daily for us to be able to live a life of purpose.

1 Peter 2:9 calls us to be a holy priesthood. Under the old covenant there was a tribe that was set apart to do the work of ministering to God continuously and those were the Levites who are the descendants of Aaron. Under the new covenant, we are all called as believers of Jesus Christ are part of the priesthood. Under the new covenant there are disciplines.

The old testament priests presented a sacrifice of a lamb on the altar every morning and every evening as in Exodus 29:38-39. Burning a lamb on the altar to us represents living a crucified life every day and this is denying ourselves for the sake of fulfilling the purposes of God. Unless you deny yourself and carry your cross daily then you are not worthy to be called a disciple of God. The Lord’s prayer says “not my will but your will be done as it is in heaven” must be part of our daily discipline. We must be yielding and surrendering to God daily.

Another meaning of burning a lamb at the altar is also symbolic of worship as a routine. Abraham’s act of taking Isaac as a sacrifice to the Lord was an act of worship. Worship is the same as sacrifice. We must live a life of daily worship.

In John 4, Jesus mentioned a statement that the time has come for true worshippers to worship the Father in spirit and in truth and that these are the kind that the Father desires. Singing songs is an outward expression of what is happening on the inside. You must live a surrendered life every day yielding to the purpose of God.

Romans 12:1, Paul said that we should offer our bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to the Lord and this our act of worship. We need to develop daily routine to worshiping God.

The old testament priests ensured that the bread called showbread was always before the Lord. This bread was in the holy place and everyday that bread had to be there. The bread represents the work of your hands. On a daily basis, you need to present before the Lord the work of your hands. Giving is a symbol that we are acknowledging that everything that we do, it is God who sustains us. This represents that we depend on God and not on ourselves. In our time we give to the Lord as we feel like and in the old testament it was done daily.

The lamp was made to burn brighter. This means a daily routine of repentance, getting rid of things that should not be there. We need to be trimmed daily and allow God to prune us daily. You need to examine your life every day. In Psalm 139, the psalmist asked the Lord to examine him. The moment lamps are not trimmed, they don’t burn effectively. We need to trim our lives on a daily basis.

You need to be constantly on fire for God. You can’t live a purpose driven life in the flesh. You need to be filled all the time by the spirit who gives the ability to live life. We need to be submerged in the spirit of God constantly.

The old testament priests had garments that they had to wear everyday. They had a breast piece and according to scripture this had twelve stones which represented the twelve tribes of Israel. They carried the whole nation in their hearts everyday. For you to live a purpose driven life, you need to be a burden bearer.

Whatever God has called you to do, you need to carry it as a burden. If you have been called you be a priest, you need to be a priest who carries the burdens of the people. An intercessor stands in the gap on behalf of the people. A leader and a politician needs to carry the people in their hearts. A purpose driven life like that of an old testament priest who carries the assignment God has given them.

A purpose driven life is an intercessory life. Most of us our prayers revolve around us. If you read the Lord’s prayer, there is nothing about “I” and it has the us aspect. People who live a purpose driven life serve others. God calls us to serve others and not to serve ourselves.

The OT priests also had two stones on their shoulders and each these two stones were the names of the tribes of Israel and this spoke of servanthood. May God give us servant attitudes.

We need to live lives of devotion to the word. In Acts 2, the early church devoted themselves to the word. Joshua 1:8 tells us to meditate on the word day and night. The word of God should be on your daily routine if you are to live a purpose driven life. 

We need to be in fellowship. You can’t live out your purpose if you are disconnected to the body of Christ. We need to remain in fellowship. To live a purpose driven life, you need to live accountable to somebody. You need people who can correct you, rebuke you and guide you.

Benefits of living a purpose driven life

  •  It helps you live a disciplined life.
  •  It simplifies your decision making. Many times people give you invitations to certain place but if you are clear with your purpose, it is easy to yes and to say no.
  • It prevents you from wasting time and energy. You don’t have time to be engaged in every conversation when you are living a life of purpose. People post all sorts of things even on church whatsapp groups. All your resources are deployed to fulfilling your purpose when you are living a life of purpose.
  • It determines the composition of your inner circle. When you are living a purpose driven life, you know who needs to be in your inner circle and who should not be in your inner circle. Jesus had Peter, James and John in his inner circle and it was this circle that Jesus shared deep things with.
  • It determines what you study. A purpose driven life guides your career.
  • It is the key to your effectiveness.

2 Peter 1:10 says, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble.” Be determined to make sure that you live and fulfil your purpose. Each one of us has a calling and may we be preoccupied with fulfilling our purpose.

PREACHER: DR. DANIEL MAGUMBA