THE DRIVERS OF PURPOSE

READINGS
Hebrews 11:8-39
Hebrews 12:1-2

When we look at drivers, we are looking at what provides the motivation to maintain your purpose. It is not good enough to discover things and not do anything about them. When people discover something, they do something about it. When you discover something you must do something about it otherwise you won’t get the benefits out of what you have discovered.

After you have discovered purpose, what gives you the motivation to maintain walking in that purpose? Purpose is reason for existence. Abraham lived a purpose that was a family purpose. The motivation that keeps pushing someone to maintain their purpose.

There are many beginners but very few finishers. Many begin but few finish. Many start in their calling but very few continue and finish it. The end of the matter is better than the beginning. God is not just interested in us discovering purpose but He is interested in us finishing. Jesus is the author and the finisher. God is the alpha and omega and He doesn’t just begin things but He finishes them. So it is not just enough to start the year by living a purpose driven life but it is more important for you to consistently live a life driven by purpose.

What is it that the saints had that helped them to consistently walk in the purposes of God and finish? These people had many more disadvantages that we have and we live in a 21st century with conveniences of life but we can hardly compare ourselves to the standards that they set. They had many more challenges that could have caused them to abandon their faith and purpose and yet they consistently walked in the purposes of God.

What is it that the saints had? They had something that was driving them. You need something to keep you walking in the purposes of God come rain or sun and you need to reach a place where we are an all-weather Christian and not a fair weather Christians. Most of us are fair weather Christians because we pursue the purposes of God when it is convenient. When circumstances that are advanced show up, we behave like the disciples who abandoned Jesus when He was arrested. When tough times came, Peter turned away from his purpose which Jesus had earlier said to him that he was the rock upon which the gates of hell would not prevail. Peter denied Jesus and because of restoration, he came back. Some people, even with the grace God gives some people never come back to continue walking in the purposes of God for their lives.

The key thing that motivated these people to continue walking in the purposes of God for their lives was vision. Companies, churches and even families have vision statement but it is not enough to have vision statements because what is important is to live that vision statement.

Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion within. Vision is a picture of the future that provides the fuel for somebody to go on. A picture of the future that causes excitement and produces energy in the life of somebody that regardless of the what comes they keep their mind on that bigger picture even when they feel like giving up. This drive cannot be manufactured from anywhere because it must come from God. You must be sure that your vision must come from God. Building a big house is not vision, it is ambition.

A true vision of God is not self centred but it is other people centred. God gives you a vision so that through you He can bless other people. May God give you a clear picture of His future for your life that will cause a drive from the inside of you to pursue a purpose driven life.

Abraham left his comfort zone and came to the land God said that he was going to inherit and decided to live in tents. There was a motivation that made Abraham leave his comfort zone to live in tents. The motivation was that Abraham was looking forward and seeing a city, a heavenly city. The builder and the architect of the city was God. He was not seeing the tent because he was seeing the city and he was not seeing the inconvenience but he was seeing the bigger picture. Abraham kept his eyes on the bigger picture and as long as his eyes were on the bigger picture, Abraham lived a purpose driven life. When you are a bigger picture person, there is no inconvenience that comes in your life that will side track you. May God help us have pictures of the future that produce passion from within.

Hebrews 11:13 says, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

The saints saw what God promised and the saw the visions with their hearts. Vision is the function of the heart. The saints welcomed what they saw from a distance. Many of us live as if this physical world is our destination. The scripture says that there will be a new earth and a new heaven for the present heaven and present earth will pass away. People who have a bigger picture like these saints, lived as strangers here.

When you examine the gospel that is preached in our churches, it one which is centered on this world which God is will pass away. We are telling people in our sermons to amass more wealth, to believe God for visas and as good as these things are, that is being myopic. What does it profit a man to gain this present world that is passing away and lose his soul? We need to help one another to see the bigger picture and that is how we shall maintain our purpose.

The purpose of God in your life will take you to places where you don’t want to go and this is what Jesus was telling Peter. Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him and Simon Peter was disturbed. Simon means the unstable one. When Jesus asked Peter these questions, He was telling him to focus on his purpose and it was not for him to find a comfortable place for himself. Jesus told him that while he was young he would go where he pleased and now that he was older, he would be dragged into places he didn’t want to go. Jesus was alluding to the kind of death Peter would die to glorify the Lord. Can you imagine that the purpose of God for your life can involve you dying in order to glorify God? These people saw the promises of God and welcomed them from a distance, were motivated by them and they lived like strangers. They were not in this present world but they were investing in what they were seeing. The bible says put your treasure in heaven where it will not rust or moth to destroy it and that is how you live a purpose driven life.

Hebrews 11:13 says, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

When was the last time a sermon about heaven was preached in church? The thing that causes people to be purpose driven is the motivation of heavenly things. Many people are so earthly minded and they are of no heavenly good.

Hebrews 11:18-19, Abraham was driven to obey God to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham’s purpose involved paying the price of sacrificing his son, his most treasured possession. A purpose driven life will involve you sacrificing your most treasured possession. What motivated him to sacrifice Isaac? How can a parent be willing to sacrifice his only covenant son who came when he was 100 years old? The bible says that Abraham was motivated by what God promised him. Abraham had a picture that God is able to raise the dead back to life and so God is a promise keeper. If God promised Isaac, then He is able to bring Isaac back from death to life. Abraham was motivated by the faithfulness of God.

Hebrews 11:27 says, “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

Moses left Egypt regardless of the consequences because he saw Him who was invisible. In Exodus 2, Moses gets out of Egypt to go to Midian. In Hebrews it says that Moses left Egypt regardless of the consequences. Moses lived like a prince in Egypt and he decided to walk away from that quality of life and burnt the bridges behind him not to return again. What motivates someone to leave a life with all privileges and live a life of taking care of an old man’s cows? Moses had a vision of God and that was his motivation. Many of us are motivated by the salary. Moses had no physical package to think about but he was motivated because he had a vision of God.

Hebrews 11:31 says, “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.”

Rahab the prostitute. While you see the people in their fallen state, God sees the value and the gold that He has put in the people. Rahab is in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Rahab was also motivated by a vision that was beyond what was there at that time. Rahab hid the spies in her roof and told the spies that she knew that God had given the children of Israel the land and asked them to remember so that she is not among those who would be killed. She saw Israel in charge of Jericho. Even the thief at the cross had a heavenly vision and asked Jesus to remember him in heaven and he was able to live a purpose driven life even before death.

God revealed to David that his purpose was to be king and he knew this when Samuel anointed him king. How did he walk consistently in his purpose? 1 Samuel 17:45-47 What was the motivation in David’s life? His motivation was the name of the Lord. David was motivated by God’s name and God’s ability. David encouraged himself in the Lord. He could not afford to abandon the purpose on his life and was strengthened by the Lord his God.

Hebrews 11:35-36, the saints went through many experiences like being murdered among other things. Isaiah was cut into two. How do you surrender your life to be cut into two? Our Christian faith is founded on martyrdom. When Jesus told the disciples that they would be His witnesses, the word witness means a martyr. Jesus was martyred. Paul was beheaded, Peter was crucified upside down and John was put in hot oil and boiled and by the grace of God he didn’t die but he was taken to the Island of Patmos where the worst criminals were taken and that is where he wrote book of Revelations.

What would you do if the purpose of God for your life involved martyrdom? We celebrate the martyrs every 3rd of June but we the Christians of today, are we willing to pay that price? A life driven by purpose will cause you to stick to your heavenly vision regardless of what comes.

Hebrews 12:1-2, For the joy that set ahead of Him, Jesus endure the cost. What was the joy set before Him? The joy that was set before the Lord Jesus, was seeing men from every tongue, men from every tribe and men from every language standing before the throne of God and lifting up as song saying, “You are worthy the lamb that slain on a tree.” Jesus saw men that were held in the claws of the enemy coming back to the kingdom of God. Jesus going to the cross was because He saw the bigger picture of salvation for the world. We have all not been called to martyrdom because some are called into business, others into ministry etc. All callings glorify God but not everything is smooth or rosy.

PREACHER: DR. DANIEL MAGUMBA