Forty Days of Purpose
April 17, 2005
What on Earth am I Here For?
Just like any other endeavor, one will get out of
something what he puts into it.
Any kind of relationship that is worthy to be called
a relationship, takes time, effort, attention, in short,
your heart must be in it.
Knowing God through Jesus Christ and under the
leadership of the Holy Spirit gives purpose in life.
Does that mean that if we are floundering in life,
drifting along without purpose, that we have not
spent the time nor the effort to progress in the will
of God for our lives?
In my 61 years on this earth there have been no
short cuts in my development to physical maturity,
there are none to spiritual maturity!
Rely on the Holy Spirit and I have extensively used
the Pulpit Commentary for insight into the meaning
of Scriptures which then I try to take and apply to
my life and to others who will not take the time nor
make the effort, thus they end up getting it second
Everyone should have the experience of the Apostle
Paul when he was converted. He “immediately did
not confer with flesh and blood....but went into Arabia”
(3 years) - Gal. 1:16-18
Often, we are selfish or lazy, not putting the time,
nor the effort, in our personal relationships, much
less to our God.
Something for nothing mind set.
You can’t eat enough today to last through Thursday.
You may have to but that is not normal.
Spiritual growth immediately? without time?
A disclaimer - Experiencing God - Blackaby,
40 Days of Purpose - Warren - ? maturity?
1619-1865 - Slavery - 246 years
1865-1966 - Segregation - 101 years
1966-2005 - Equality - 39 years -
Has this done away with racism?
It takes time - conversion is in a moment but
spiritual growth continues until we die!
I will not purposely throw a cup of cold water on
this endeavor, neither will I swallow, hook, line or
sinker - I have had my apprehensions and have
expressed them to proper leadership.
There is a lot of information out there both positive
and negative on 40 Days of Purpose. Who will may
Two scriptures will explain how I plan to deal
(1) Acts 5:38-39
(2) Acts 17:10-11
Without knowing your purpose, life will seem
Man is a pilgrim on the earth - he soon passes
away and his place is occupied by others.
All flesh waxeth old like a garment for the
covenant from the beginning is, Thou shall die
From the Iliad - “The race of man is as the
race of leaves, one generation by the wind is
scattered on the earth; another soon in spring’s
luxuriant verdure bursts to light. So with our
race: these flourish, these decay.
Growth and decay contrasted with insensate
v. 5 - The sun rising and setting day by day but
resting never. Eager pursuit but no real
progress - monotonous routine.
v. 6 - The wind, an example of motion, continually
repeated with no real progress to an end.
“it whirleth about continually” - the idea
of weary monotony. It comes back to the
point where it started, the wind, seemingly,
the freest of all created things, is bound by
the same law of immutable changeableness,
v. 7 - The hydrological cycle is another
example of unvarying operation
producing no tangible result.
Streams continue to make their way into the
sea ceaselessly - I live by one and I marvel
how that it continously runs.
v. 8 - “all things are full of labor” - or
Thus the translation tiresome - now from
this I gather that man like nature, is confined
to a circle from which he cannot free himself,
though he uses all his powers with which he is
endowed to penetrate the enigma of life and
to rise superior to his environments, he is
wholly unabled to effect anything in these
The inner cause and meaning to life elude
his faculties. There is still some depth which
his powers cannot fathom.
Gen. 1:28 - “subdue the earth”
Gen. 2:7 - “The Lord God formed man of
the dust of the ground, and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life; and man
became a living soul”
God’s two volumes - Nature and Revelation
Isaiah 5:4 - “What could have been done more
to my vineyard, that I have not done in it?
wherefore, when I looked that is should
bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild
“without me, ye can do nothing” - John 15:5c
“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my
Father will love him, and we will come unto him and
make our abode with him” - John 14:23
I personally believe that the above scripture reveals
that God through Christ and the Holy Spirit can live in
every person on the earth simultaneously! But, He
can not live in our sin - thus the need to obey and
keep His words!
“And the peace of God which passeth all under-
standing, shall keep your hearts and minds through
Christ Jesus” - Phil. 4:7
Aging - Tiresomeness - Weariness - associated
with both naturally and spiritually.
Eccl. 3:1-11 - esp. v. 11 - Septuagint translates
a form of the word "aeon" - original meaning
is "hidden" - could be the remote past or the
future -unknown duration - forward or
backward - equivalent to our word eternity.
Man himself is a microcosm, a little world, or that
the love of life, of the world, is naturally implanted
The pronoun, "in their heart" refers to the sons of
men in the previous verse. God has put into men's
minds a notion of infinity of duration, the beginning
and end of all things are beyond man's grasp, the time
to be born and the time to die are equally unknown
The innate ability of man to look forward and backward
man possesses but as an explanation of Providence,
"so that no man can find out the work that God
maketh from the beginning to the end."
Man sees only minute parts of the great whole, he
cannot comprehend all at one view, nor understand
the law and power that regulates time, season and
circumstance. He feels that, as there has been an
infinite past, there will be an infinite future, which
may solve anomalies and demonstrate God's harmony
and unity of design, but he must be content to wait
Revelation - God's will has been made "manifest by
the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath
abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality
to light through the gospel" - II Tim. 1:10
Jesus Christ is "the Desire of all nations" that
shall come according to Haggai 2:7 and the "Shiloh
to come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the
people be" - Gen. 49:10
Purpose in life comes from knowing God through
Jesus Christ - without purpose, life will wear you out!
You will lose your energy, spark and motivation -
your enthusiasm if you please - (origin of the word)
from two words - in and God -
Spinning your wheels, like a dog chasing
his tail, a treadmill - at the end of the day
you are worn out - in the morning you are
worn out - psychologically and physically.
“What’s the purpose of it all?” “What am
Deut. 28:14-15, 65-67
In six months things will be better -
funnel example - in youth - in old age. When
I was young I looked at the bottom end and
through it there seemed to be a wide expanse -
now that I am old, I look from the top and
things have narrowed quite a bit in the field
Without purpose your life will be
The vanity of life is interesting study -
the humanist thinks that the study of man is
man - but there is a danger that the study leads
to despondency, that the possession of life should
cease to be valued.
Wealth, comfort, pleasure and fame may occur
through toil, birth, hook or crook but it yields
to disappointment and dissatisfaction.
The brute beasts are content to eat and drink,
sleep and follow its instincts and impulses but
man is ever aiming at something higher.
Earthly things because they are finite, are
incapable of satisfying such a nature as to which
we have been endowed.
God's design and remedy - "look to Jesus and
live" - "the Desire of all nations"
You will never be satisfied until you
Without knowing your purpose, life will
v. 15 - trying to count chickens before
they are hatched.
Situations beyond our control - FAITH
IS NOT WORRYING - Ky Explorer.
What does one do when life seems
meaningless, tiresome, unfulfilling
and out of control.
We try to cope in a secular and
humanistic way or we seek God and
His great help.
In the presence of such speculations the
intellect reels, dizzy and powerless!
Warning - Jer. 10:23-24
God is our Creator and Designer -
to know our purpose, we must begin here!
Eph. 1:11 II Pet. 1:4
FOCUS - “where your treasure is there will be
your heart be also”
“I did it my way” - and now I am driving in a fog,
like a rat in a maze, trying to find the way out
I let God control my life and plan my course -
“the entrance of thy words giveth light” - “Thy
word is a light unto my path and a lamp unto my
feet” - Thy words have I hid in my heart that I
might not sin against thee” - all excerpts from the
Isaiah 26:3 - “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on thee: because he
“Without faith it is impossible to please
Him, for he that cometh to God must
believe that He is and that He is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek Him”
“I press toward the mark for the prize of
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”
petal to the metal - committed - all systems
Jer. 29:11-14 I Cor. 2:9
The intentions of Eternal Wisdom & Love.
The prize - James 1:12 “Blessed is the man
that endureth temptation: for when he
is tried, he shall receive the crown of
life, which the Lord hath promised to
them that love Him”
Knowing God’s will (purpose?) will give your
life focus, simplify it, motivate it and prepare
you for eternity.
Life is not a cycle just going round and round,
you were made to last forever. Your last gasp
will be the end of your time on earth but not the
end of the soul.
We will go to a place where the soul (of man)
never dies - to Canaan's fair and happy land -
implanted in me long ago.
One day, God will do an audit on your life. You
will stand before God and He will ask "What have
you done with my Son, Jesus Christ?"
He has appointed a day - Acts 17:31
"and we must all stand before the judgment
seat of Christ"
Dear God, I want to know Your purpose in my
life. I don't understand it all but I want to open
my life to you. I ask you to come into my life and
make Yourself real to me!
A wise man will always feel grateful that the
Almighty has retained the ordering of events
in His own hand, and will meekly submit to Him,
believing that God's times and that His ways
are always best - (Psalm 25:10)