Purpose is defined as the reason for which something exists or why something is done or what something is made for. The Lord told the prophet Jeremiah that he was born to be a prophet, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother‘s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT)
Unlike Jeremiah, most of us need to discover our purpose; what was the reason for my birth, why was I placed on this earth. The American author Mark Twain said this about purpose, “The two most important days in life are the day you were born and the day you discover the reason why.” Once you discover your purpose nothing should stop you from fulfilling it.
As leaders and pastors, your purpose is to preach and teach the word of God, also to be an example to those you lead and lead the people of God into their purpose. Apostle Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians said the following:
“For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT)
Preachers, did you read what Paul said about you? The first thing he said was you are “approved by God.” God approves of you so stop seeking the approval of men, stand and deliver. The second thing he said is you are “entrusted with the Good News.” To entrust is to give someone care of something. God has given you care over His Word. He has entrusted you with the Good News of salvation, so preach it. Finally, Paul gives us our most important purpose as preachers, “to please God.” As a preacher, pastor, and leader your purpose is to please God.
Your life, ministry and everything you do should please God. There should be nothing in your life, which is displeasing to God, and not man. Too many preachers are looking for approval or trying to please men, but the Word says, “Our purpose is to please God, not people.“
Is your life pleasing to God or man?
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