Let’s get focused before we step into today and start by living on purpose! Firstly, let’s be the dads who get off auto-pilot, the default going with the flow, and randomly or accidentally and start to live with intentionality and in alignment with our values, goals, and passions given to us by God. Next, let’s grab a hold of the purpose God has given us and choose to live in alignment with it, purposefully living up to the calling God has put on our lives and making sure we are living on purpose to that end.
Living on Purpose even when we face trials
As we face trials, troubles, testing, and tribulation today, let’s remember how Jesus had to go through it too and look to respond like Him in the face of it all. If we face trials and don’t know what to do, let’s grab a hold of James 1 and remember how we can consider it pure joy once we receive the wisdom that should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, for we know the testing of our faith produces perseverance and when perseverance finishes its work, we will be matured, complete, and lacking nothing.
Living on Purpose taking heart in the face of troubles
When troubles rear their head, and they will because Jesus has told us that in this world you will have troubles, we don’t have to lose hope but instead we can take heart knowing that Jesus has already overcome the world. So, let’s live on purpose for God’s purpose for us.
What does “living on purpose” look like?
Living on purpose, from a biblical perspective, involves aligning your life with God’s will and purpose for you. It’s about seeking and following God’s guidance in all aspects of your life. Here’s an overview incorporating scriptures:
Living on Purpose as we Seek God’s Will as a Dad:
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
As a dad, living on purpose involves seeking God’s will for your role as a father through prayer, meditation, and studying His Word.
Discover and Nurture Your Fatherhood Gifts:
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) - "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms."
Identify the unique gifts and qualities God has given you as a father and use them to serve your family and others.
Living on Purpose as we Set Godly Fatherhood Goals:
Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) - "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."
Establish goals for your role as a dad that align with God’s principles, committing them to Him for guidance and success.
Living on Purpose as we Model Integrity for Your Children:
Proverbs 10:9 (NIV) - "Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out."
Uphold moral and ethical standards, walking in integrity in all your interactions, setting an example for your children.
Living on Purpose as we Serve Our Family with Humility:
Galatians 5:13 (NIV) - "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love."
Actively engage in serving your family, displaying humility and love as you lead and provide for them.
Living on Purpose as we Love Our Children Unconditionally:
Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV) - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind... Love your neighbor as yourself."
Live a life characterized by love, demonstrating unconditional love for your children, mirroring the love of Christ.
Living on Purpose as we Persevere in Faith as Fathers:
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV) - "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."
Endure the challenges of fatherhood with faith, trusting in God’s plan and remaining steadfast in your commitment to His purpose for you as a dad.
Summary of how to live on purpose
Living on purpose as a father, according to biblical principles, involves seeking God’s will for your role, discovering and nurturing your fatherhood gifts, setting godly fatherhood goals, modeling integrity, serving with humility, loving your children unconditionally, and persevering in faith. By aligning your fatherhood journey with God’s Word, you can fulfill your role as a dad and contribute to the Kingdom of God through your family.
Topic: Life on Purpose
Verse of the day: Hebrews 5:8 NIV
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered
Firstly, let’s be the dads who realize that we learn obedience to God through the challenges we face in life. Secondly, let’s be the dads who ask God to help us live up to the purpose and calling of fatherhood in alignment and intentionality to God’s plans and purposes for our lives. Thirdly, let’s embrace the challenge, trouble, and suffering as opportunities for learning obedience and strive to be the dads who actively engage in this transformative process.
Living on Purpose, let’s turn to Scripture.
Consider two most known scriptures and how they apply to our subject today. John 3:16 and Romans 8:28. Let’s be the dads who realize that Romans 8:28 is helping us to cling to the reality that both the good and the bad, that’s right, everything that happens in our lives will be used by God for a good purpose. Let’s make sure we grab a hold of the entire message and review Romans 8:28-30:
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
God’s Good Purpose:
We learn from reading on how God’s good purpose is to make us more like Jesus, conforming to the image of Jesus, that He might be firstborn among the many brothers and sisters. As we live and undergo tests, mirroring the experiences of Jesus, let’s actively lean into God, seeking His wisdom to navigate the trials, troubles, and tribulations. The aim is that, upon completion of the testing, we are found justified, bringing glory to Him.
Living on purpose means walking in obedience with God! “As we trust and obey Him, we will begin to look more and more like His Son.” Let’s cling to the reality that no matter how good or bad today is in our own sight, it is drawing us closer and closer to God.