Would You Rather?
1 – Be popular or have purpose
If you don’t know the purpose of a thing, you don’t ask the thing, you ask the one who created the thing.
Living for the approval of people keeps you from the purposes of God.
“It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26
“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
1. Purpose diminishes distractions.
“So I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?” Nehemiah 6:3
2. Purpose pushes you through the pain.
3. Purpose empowers you to please God.
“We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
“But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.” Acts 5:29
“He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.” Hebrews 11:26
- Be honest. Do you care more about popularity than your faith (purpose) sometimes? Why?
- Todd said, “Living for the approval of people keeps you from the purposes of God.” Why do you think that is?
- What do you think God’s purpose(s) for your life might be?
- What parts of your life are painful right now? How does purpose help you push through?
- How have you valued what others think more than God? How can that change this week?