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our three fold purpose

I was just thinking the other day, that it would be good to be able to identify in a statement what our purpose was Biblically.

This proved to be a more difficult task than at first anticipated, I don't think that you can quantify it into just one single statement. So here is my best shot:

We have a three fold purpose, the first and foremost is simply:

1.) In relation to God, to know Him like He wants to be known by us. This was AW Tozer's theme, what he centered his ministry around. It is also what my father likes to focus on and it is central to development in Christianity. If you don' t know God, you aren't a Christian, and if you do know Him, how well? God wants us to know Him very well and that requires a lot of time spent in fellowship with Him both in Scripture as well as in prayer.

2.) In relation to ourselves, to reflect the Glory of God. We are to allow God to re-wire us from the inside out. When He does this we become like a highly polished mirror that reflects to the world God Himself. This means that we model our life after God; we evaluate every thought pattern, every activity, every habit and see if it reflects God's own character and personality.

3.) In relation to others, to make an impact in our environment. We are to go out and serve God by serving others. This will silence our antagonists, put them to an open shame, and make others stand up and take notice. This means stepping out of our comfort zones and helping others to fulfill their purpose by knowing God and reflecting His glory and then helping you to help others.

The interesting thing to note here, is that if you do #1 then #2 naturally follows, and if you do #2 then #3 naturally follows from there. It all starts with getting into an in-depth and lifelong study of God. Not just intellectually, for we will never fully understand Him, but in a personal way through a real relationship. This is done by spending time, a lot of time, with Him in daily, regular Scripture reading and study and prayer.

Isn't God amazing?!



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