by Roby Ellis
A. When Ruth gleaned in the field of Boaz, he ordered his servants to drop some barley on purpose for her to gather (Ruth 2:14-17).
B. When Jacob blessed the two sons of Joseph, he intentionally bestowed the greater blessing on the younger (Genesis 48:8-20).
C. We need to live our lives with a sense of purpose.
I. We need to worship with a sense of purpose.
A. We should sing as if we want to (Ephesians 5:18-20).
B. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we should recall its true purpose—to show the Lord’s death (1 Corinthians 11:20-30).
C. We must give with the proper purpose (2 Corinthians 9:7).
D. We should also pray with purpose (1 Corinthians 14:15).
II. We need to live every aspect of our lives with a sense of purpose.
A. Find a purpose in what you do for a living (Colossians 3:18-22).
B. Make your service to God your purpose in life (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
C. Raise your children with a sense of purpose (Proverbs 22:6).
D. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).
III. We need to obey God with the right purpose in our hearts.
A. It is possible to obey a commandment with an attitude that renders our compliance unacceptable (Matthew 6:1-7).
B. We need to attend services for the right purpose (1 Corinthians 11:26).
C. We must obey the Gospel for the right reason (Acts 2:38-47).
D. If we will learn to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5), obedience will be the inevitable result.
Purpose makes a difference in everything that we do, and a life filled with purpose is a life that is well worth living.