What is God’s Purpose For My Life? (Part 3 of 6)

What is God’s Purpose For My Life? (Part 3 of 6)

“Lacking Fulfillment”

A while back, my friend Tom emailed me a link to a hilarious video that was in German; but you didn’t need to know German to get the point. A young woman asks her father how he likes the new iPad she gave him for his birthday. He replies, “Good.” But then she watches him use his iPad as a cutting board for chopping his vegetables. Naturally, the young woman is horrified as he rinses it off in the sink and puts in the dishwasher!

In real life, the saddest of all is when people who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ fail to live for the purpose for which He saved them. They drift through life like the unredeemed people around them, living to accumulate more stuff, and wasting away their lives on people who will only guide them off the cliff of waste and destruction. Somehow they think that these wasted moves will make them happier before they die. But they never stop to consider what God, our Creator, wants them to do with the few precious years and the gifts that He gave to them.

I would encourage you to take a few quality, uninterrupted moments to read John 15: 1 – 6. In the text, Jesus gives the disciples an extended allegory that reveals God’s purpose in saving them: He wants them to bear much fruit. Jesus pictures Himself as the true vine, the Father as the vinedresser, and the disciples as the branches. A man plants a vineyard for a different reason than he plants a flower garden. We plant flower gardens so that we can enjoy the beautiful flowers. But if you plant a vineyard, your purpose is to harvest a crop of grapes. Your goal is that your vineyard would bear a lot of fruit. If all it produces is flowers and leaves, your efforts in planting it have failed. So the Lord’s point in John 15:1- 6 is this:

Christ’s true followers abide in Him as branches in the true vine and so bear much fruit.

John 15 falls into three sections that reflect our priorities as individual believers. Our priority is God-ward, and verses 1-11 focus on our relationship with Christ. Our second priority is to love one another, which is the point of verses 12-17. Our third priority is to proclaim the good news to the world, which is the focus of verses 18-27. But the point of the allegory of the vine and the branches is that we who follow Christ would abide in Him and bear much fruit. That’s our first purpose as redeemed people. So we need to understand the parts of the analogy so that we can further understand—and apprehend—how to fulfill our God-given purpose in life.

Obviously, it takes time for fruit to grow into your God-given purpose for your life. So don’t despair if you don’t see all of these qualities fully developed in your life yet. But if you are a Christian, you should see growth or progress in these things. You should be in the habit of obeying Christ. And as mentioned in my previous post, you should see the fruit of the Spirit increasing in your conduct. You should be hungering and thirsting after righteousness with increasing intensity. You should be looking for opportunities to tell others about the Savior. Growth in Christlike fruit should be the normal experience of every Christian.

Also, the fruit that we produce will vary in amount and in kind according to our spiritual gifts. In the parable of the sower (Matt. 13:3-8), the good soil representing true believers bore fruit, but it varied: some bore a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. The soil that didn’t bear any fruit represents those who did not truly believe in Christ. Also, we’re all given different spiritual gifts and so our fruit will vary in kind. Determining your spiritual gift helps you to know where you should concentrate your efforts in discovering God’s ultimate purpose for your life. For the fruit you bear are vital indicators that will guide you to your gifts that will first glorify God (See 1 Pet. 4:10-11), while at the same time provide you with that refreshing sense of fulfillment your soul has long been thirsting for.

So my overall point is important and hopefully clear: God created you for a purpose. He also made provision to save so that you could fulfill that purpose. But before the harvest, you must bear the fruit you were purposed to bear. Once you take ownership of John 15’s message to you, and begin acting on it in faith, the entire landscape of your life will begin to change right before your very eyes.

Stay with me on this. . . because there’s more bread of life to be served to you from The Father’s Table.

In His Love,

Dr. Michael W. McCoy,MDiv, ThD, JD

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