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GROWING IN CHRIST

"God's Purpose For You"

Date published: 11/14/2011
 
John 14:12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (NIV)  
 
Most people seek a purposeful life.  By any measure, Jesus’ life was one of the most purposeful lives ever lived considering He died at 33 and only had three years of ministry.  Yet Jesus says that any follower of Christ will do greater things that He!  Each follower of Christ has a scope of ministry where they can not only find purpose, but also be used mightily in God’s kingdom.  Knowing God’s plans for you should motivate you to step out by faith into the purpose God has for you.  If you do not know God’s purpose, you should diligently seek to understand it.  Imagine the excitement and joy of living in God’s purpose and also experiencing God’s power producing greater things than Jesus did!  I think these three verses will help you understand the meaning of “greater things.”  Matthew 28:19 “Make disciples,” John 13:34 “Love one another,” and Matthew 9:37 “The laborers are few.”  Jesus touched an incredible number of people in His short time on earth, but He was limited in His ability to help those He touched or desired to touch so that they could experience the fullness of His purpose for them.  Jesus calls every follower of Christ to allow their area of purpose to be used by Him for loving others, making disciples, and shepherding Christians toward their kingdom purpose.  God wants to do greater things through you in order that lives are touched through the resurrected power of Jesus Christ working in you!  
 
Matthew 9:36-38 “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.’"  (NIV)