Bible Text: Matthew 13:44 | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: Standalone Sermons | The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. /// MATTHEW 13:44
Last Sunday as we were in our time of worship, the Holy Spirit spoke to me about the kingdom of God. The place that we will begin in in a topic called, “Kingdom Questions”. There are so many questions that beg to be answered in life. Some are important but the answers do not take us to the foundational level of action. In these instances, there is often a more fundamental question than the one that we asked that we need to focus on. Questions like, “What is my purpose?” fit into this category. This question does need to be answered. Often, the answer to this question still does not remove the confusion within a person. A person can know why they exist but don’t know how to put that purpose into action. So, if the answer doesn’t create an purposeful action does it truly answer the question?
Okay, let’s pretend that you are a believer. And, let’s take the stance that you truly do want to follow Christ. Does this knowledge create an action plan for your life? The Bible not only answers the question of purpose at a fundamental level but also gives an actionable plan for living out that purpose. Here we go:
What is my purpose?
To know God through a living relationship with Jesus Christ, His Son.
Okay, what does this answer and what actions does it create? First, it answers what our focus and energy is to be channeled into. Since our purpose is a relationship, the answer can seem to fall short of answering the question of how that plays out in what career I choose or other actionable steps I take in life. Our relational purpose of knowing Jesus creates within a oneness with Christ that causes our plans and His to merge in goal. Why did Jesus come? To seek and save that which was lost. When we enter our purpose of knowing Him our plans and His merge into the goal of seeking and saving that which is lost.
Okay, someone is thinking: that is a goal but not a direction. How, where and who do I seek and save? There are so many options. We are making the answer much harder than it should be. The two major things that make this question hard to answer are:
Let’s address fear for a moment: many people are so afraid of missing God that they never do anything for God. No one wants to miss God. But, it is not your job to lead you. That job is exclusively God’s. Your journey will never begin without action. Paralysis by analysis produces inaction. Questions like: “How am I going to know what is God?” Or, “How will God direct me?” These are not kingdom questions. The kingdom answer is that God will direct us – that’s His joy and purpose. Asking any other question leads to inaction and when you don’t move, you never get to a destination.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. /// 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
God has already told us what our purpose is. God has told us what our purpose is and He tells us what actionable steps to take:
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. /// Mark 16:15 (NIV)
What about this is not clear? Go into the world and preach the gospel. Is this not an actionable step? But, Pastor where in the world do I go and to whom and how do I do this? A question might help:
Where is your “world?”
What job do you go to? What church do you go to? What people do you have in your world? Where are they? Guess what? These questions answer where and who you go to! The how centers around preaching and living the gospel. Is fear keeping you from going? Are you afraid you’ll fail? Are you worried that the plan won’t be perfect? Fear! Fear is a type of “faith” and all faith produces a harvest. Don’t allow fear to produce a harvest in your life! Now, on to the second thing that makes the how, where, who, and how difficult:
Many times, opportunities are not the problem – there are plenty of them. But, preference is the problem. In other words, we don’t like the opportunities presented. So, we wait – using the excuse of “I don’t know what to do” as our justification for waiting! “I don’t want to minister to the homeless. They creep me out! It’s not safe where they are!” or “I don’t want to take the time that’s required to work with Christian businessmen and women. That will take study on my part, preparation, time for meetings, etc. What about my time?” or “I don’t want to mentor someone. That means I have to be available. That means that I may have to answer a question. That means I may have to add a few things to my schedule!” or “I don’t want to hold a bible study for women in my neighborhood or at work or approach businesses about giving to the homeless!”
When our question for purpose is answered and our actionable step is given, what is stopping us from ministry?
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
Mark 16:15 (NIV)
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