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Man Finds His Purpose Through Good Fortune

Salvation Purpose Love (Divine)

Source: “Man Wins Lottery Six Days After Surviving Dubai Plane Crash,” by Claire Reid

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-15

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10 ; Romans 8:28

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Claire Reid reports:

Some people are just born lucky. You might say that surviving a plane crash is pretty lucky and you might also think that winning £766,000 is lucky, too. Well, imagine both those things happening to you within six days of each other. That's exactly what has happened to one man.

Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar was a passenger on-board the Emirates plane that crash landed in Dubai last week and then he then went on to scoop one million dollars on the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire.

The 62-year-old granddad picked up the ticket when he was flying to a family holiday in his native India, Gulf News reports. He now believes that he had a 'miracle escape' from flight EK521 for a good reason and that this win might be that reason.

He said: "I value the escape as a more precious gift from God and I knew God saved me for some specific purpose. Probably this is it." He also said that he wants to use the money to help people back in India, specifically children in Kerala who 'need some financial help and medial support.'

 

APPLICATION

Yes, salvation is the most precious of God’s gifts, and yes, God saves us from total destruction for a specific purpose, and yes, that purpose is that we might do some good in this world—to show the world His love.

Like He did with Mr. Khadar, though in a spiritual sense, God reveals His purpose for our lives at the same time He saves us. It is by the cross of Christ that we are saved, and it is by the cross of Christ that we are equipped to fulfill our purpose. 

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Empty Your Cup So It Can Be Filled

Purpose Knowledge Teachability

Source: THE ART OF ACHIEVEMENT AND FULFILLMENT by Nkem Mpamah, p. 92

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Contributed By: Ana Lopez | Date Posted: 2016-05-27

Scripture: Philippians 3:10 ; Philippians 3:8

Author: Ana Lopez
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A master martial artist asked Bruce Lee to teach him everything he knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. "The first cup," said Bruce, "represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge."

APPLICATION

The greatest yearning of the human heart is to know there is a purpose to life. We try to find purpose in things like marriage, career, relationships. But Paul tells us the true purpose of life, the only one that can bring the fulfillment for which our hearts long, is to know Christ. He says, “That I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him” (Philippians 3:10). 

In order for Christ to become the focus of your life, however, you must first empty your cup of the things that contradict that focus. But rest assured, what you gain in this process is well worth all that is lost (Philippians 3:8).

The Missing Piece

Apologetics Purpose Jesus' Preeminence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-08

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2 ; Matthew 5:6

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Nothing is complete without Jesus. He is the "Author" and the "Completer," the "Beginning" and the "End" (Hebrews 12:2, Revelation 22:13). Everything exists because of Him, and everything is missing something without Him; and not just missing something, but the central thing; the thing that supplies true meaning and purpose to all things.

That's what the Bible means when it says of Jesus, "For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen (Romans 11:36).

This applies to everything, the animate and the inanimate alike. Take for example the Old Testament Law. Jesus said, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them" (Matthew 5:17). In other words, the OT Law is incomplete, it's missing something without Jesus.

Sometimes when Jesus is missing it's more evident than at other times. Take for example Exodus 31:15, where we read, "You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the LORD. Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death."

"Relax or die!" Isn't that what God is saying here? We tend to focus on the long list of things the Law commands us to do, but what about the command to rest from all of our doing? It's hard to say which of the two we fail at most miserably, our doing or our resting.

Nevertheless, "Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death," seems like a gross and bizarre overreaction on God's part. In what universe does this punishment fit this crime? It makes sense that doing the wrong things should be a crime, but should failing to do nothing be a punishable offense? And so severely punished?

Clearly, there's something missing.

APPLICATION

"Relax or die!" makes no sense without Jesus; with Jesus, it makes perfect sense.

That's because Jesus IS the Sabbath rest we all so desperately need!  By fulfilling all of the commands of the Law and by offering His perfect life as a sacrifice for our sins, Jesus became our Sabbath rest.

God spoke of observing the Sabbath as a life and death issue because knowing Jesus--the source of real Sabbath rest--is a matter of life and death to the soul.

Without Jesus, the death sentence of the Sabbath law makes no sense; with Jesus, it makes perfect sense.

Have you ever felt that your life was missing something—that things weren’t adding up or making sense?  The Law makes no sense without Jesus and neither will your life. Wherever and whenever meaning and purpose are missing, Jesus is the missing piece!

"Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified (made perfect or complete) by faith" (Galatians 3:24, NASB).

Stay In Your Call

Calling Contentment Purpose

Contributed By: Eric Hollar | Date Posted: 2015-07-13

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:24

Author: Eric Hollar
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What Do You Use Those Muscles For

Glorify God Boasting Purpose

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-05

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31 ; Acts 12:23

Author: Kent Crockett
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Don't Forget Why You're Here

Purpose Worldliness Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-10

Scripture: 1 John 2:15

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We Are Like Cars

Purpose Happiness Peace

Contributed By: James David Pedida | Date Posted: 2014-02-27

Author: C.S. Lewis
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Making God Smile

Ministry God's Pleasure Purpose

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-10

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:10

Author: Kent Crockett
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Shuffled Seven Times

God's Sovereignty Purpose Circumstances

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-08

Scripture: Isaiah 55:9

Author: Francis E. Su, et al / Illustration Exchange
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A Tool for Everything

Purpose Glorify God Spiritual Gifts

Contributed By: Jonathan Fulton | Date Posted: 2012-12-01

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31

Author: Jonathan Fulton
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