What Purpose Does the Lord Jesus Christ Has for Your Life?
Welcome to Acts of the Apostles Bible Study, we resume at Acts 9: 11 – 22, Saul’s desire to know the purpose the Lord Jesus Christ has for his life!
After Saul’s encounter with Jesus, his first question was about his purpose for he asked, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” Do you know your purpose? Do you know that one thing God has kept you alive to do? Ask the Lord about your purpose!
Your encounter with Jesus is a purposeful one; do you know your purpose in the Body of Christ? It is that one thing that you must do which gives your life meaning, fulfilment, focus and direction.
Apostle Stephen knew his purpose. Stephen knew Jesus’ plan for his life. He did not resist God’s plan he was obedient to God’s purpose for his life.
The Lord has a peculiar way of operating. He could have told Saul immediately of his purpose but he did not. Instead, the Lord replied, Now get up and go into the city of Damascus and I will tell you what you MUST do, that is, your purpose, Acts 9:6.
Our heavenly purpose should be our earthly passion. However, sometimes we are distracted from our purpose because we need an encounter or experience with Jesus Christ. An experience with Christ always realigns our perspective and eventually, our purposes.
The Lord’s Purpose for Our Lives is Not Optional
Our purposes are always what we must do. The Lord’s purpose for our lives is not optional. Our assignment is that specific tasks or tasks we are given to do to fulfill the purpose. The Lord Jesus gives each of us one purpose and one assignment.
However, Saul was blind so someone led him into the city, Acts 9:8. Purpose brings focus, therefore for three days Saul was blind and fasting, Acts 9:9. Saul’s focus was to destroy the Church. Jesus first task refocused Saul’s passion on his true purpose, which is from heaven.
If that which we are passionate about is not from Jesus, it’s a perversion of our heavenly purposes. Seek Jesus for your passion. Do not allow Jesus to stop you in your tracks it may not be pleasant, it’s more rewarding if you seek Jesus voluntarily for your focus in life.
God will send you purpose by a man of God. Be certain not to reject him whom God has sent for you would have rejected your purpose. In a vision, the Lord gave both Ananias and Saul instructions. The Lord told Ananias what to do and say, Acts 9:11 – 12. Similarly, in a vision, the Lord Jesus told Saul who was coming to him to instruct him about his purpose and what he would be doing, Acts 9: 11 – 12.
Know Your Purpose, Know the Lord’s Purpose for Your Life
Ananias had concerns about going to see a “legal persecutor” of the Church but Jesus dismissed them with a statement of Saul’s purpose, Acts 9:15. Our concerns about someone maybe the Lord’s path to fulfill His purpose.
Ananias discarded his concerns about Saul and obeyed Jesus. The Lord blinded Saul because he wants Saul to have a new perspective of his name, Acts 9:8, 17 – 18.
Saul will always remember his encounter with the Light of the World. The Light took away his religious view of his name when he took his sight.
Saul was converted and received Salvation, within three days. Before you embark on your purpose, the Lord will commission you.
In closing, many famous persons are known for one thing, which defines the purpose of their lives. That one thing is their life’s work. The Lord has a purpose for each person’s life. Some people find this purpose on their own. Don’t wait for the Lord Jesus to assign you your purpose it may not be a pleasant experience. Know your purpose, the Lord’s purpose for your life. Your purpose is that one thing the Lord keeps you alive to do.Know your life’s purpose and do it.