Sunday, December 11, 2016

Where do we find purpose?

Chris Ney, Vertical Church - Sometimes we find purpose in sports, we are athletic and we find purpose there, sometimes we are writers and we find our purpose in that. Where do we find purpose?

Sometimes in the church world we can find our purpose in our buildings, our preferences, and our theology. The sad reality is that through it all we miss the real purpose of why we are here, and what God has designed us for. We get caught up in ridiculous arguments of things that we cannot prove but like to fight over it anyway. We get caught up in ideals and preferences, or feelings and focus on what church or God can do for me; instead of looking at it like WOW look at what God has already done for me. He gave me His son so that I could be adopted into His family and not have to pay the penalty of all my mistakes. He actually allowed Himself to be put to death because He loved me.

If God never ever did anything else for us that should be enough; so this week as we are looking around trying to find our purpose how about this. Lets not look at others and get jealous, or angry, or critical but let’s look around and start living with a purpose as we were designed for. Let us start living as if we truly believe in the gospel. We are designed to live out the love and light of Jesus in us.

How do we do this?

We do this by actually loving others more then ourselves, and loving God more then anything else out there. We must be willing to sacrifice for each other and show the world who Jesus really is to us. The truth is as we argue and fight all we show the world is that we really don’t believe in Jesus; but that we believe Jesus is what we make Him to be. It is sad that we can do that to Jesus and to the people around us. This is the good news, the gospel, the words of life and death and we need to live in a way that shows that. God is awesome and He loves each and every one of us. He loves you and gave His life for you so that if you believe in Him you would have life everlasting. Who wouldn’t want that?

So if you are hurting, or looking for family I would like to invite you to join us any Sunday morning at Vertical Church @1030. This is a family where no one is perfect, and that all are welcome, and where we focus on the majors and love each other through the minors for the glory of God not ourselves.

You are loved

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