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CALLED TO BE LOVED

Live Your Calling: What On Earth Am I Here For?

To understand your life purpose and understand your life calling you have to begin with God, because God created you. 

Only your Creator can tell you what your purpose is. 

Ephesians 1:4-6

“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.”

The reason you’re alive is that God made you to love you.

  1. The first purpose of my life is to be loved by God.

Because you were made to be the receptacle, a receiver, and a benefactor of God’s love.

Jude 1&2

“I, Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James, writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ.”

  1. My first calling is this: I’m called to enjoy a relationship with God! 

I’m called to live in the love of God.  It’s a relationship.

God sent Christ so you could have a relationship, not a religion.

Romans 1:7

I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people.”

  1. The relationship that God created you for is to be His son or His daughter!

God wants a family to love and He wants you in it.

1 John 3

“What an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we should be named and called and counted the children of God!  And so we are!”

God will never love you any more than He does this second.  God will never love you any less than He does this second.

God’s love is not based on who you are or what you do.  It’s based on who He is.  And God is love.

Ephesians 3:17-19

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high His love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it.”

The dimensions of God’s love.

  1. It’s wide enough to be everywhere

There is no place on this planet that God’s love isn’t.  There’s no place in the universe that God’s love ends.

  1. It’s long enough to last forever.

Human love often wears out, but God’s love never wears out.

God will never, never, never, never stop loving you.

  1. It’s deep enough to handle anything.

No matter what pain you’re going through, what problems you’re going through or what hurt you’re going through, God’s love is deeper still.

  1. It is high enough to overlook my sins.

Because of Jesus Christ, God is able to overlook my faults, my failures, my flubs, my sin, and my rebellion.  God offers forgiveness through the cross because of His love.

So next week we will continue this lesson and learn five things that will radically change in our lives if we would accept God’s first call, God’s first purpose of our lives.

The first purpose of my life is to be loved by God.

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CALLED TO BE LOVED

Live Your Calling: What On Earth Am I Here For?

To understand your life purpose and understand your life calling you have to begin with God, because God created you.

Only your Creator can tell you what your purpose is.  Ephesians 1:4-6

The reason you’re alive is that God made you to love you.

  1. The first purpose of my life is to be loved by God. Jude1&2
  2. My first calling is this: I’m called to enjoy a relationship with God! Romans 1:7
  3. The relationship that God created you for is to be His son or His daughter!

1 John 3 and Ephesians 3:17-19

THE DIMENSIONS OF GOD’S LOVE:

  1. It is wide enough to be everywhere.
  2. It is long enough to last forever.
  3. It is deep enough to handle anything.
  4. It is high enough to overlook my sins.

FIVE THINGS THAT RADICALLY CHANGE MY LIFE WHEN I REALLY BECOME AWARE THAT GOD LOVES ME UNCONDITIONALLY, DEEPLY, AND ETERNALLY.

  1. I feel accepted rather than ashamed.

John 3:17-18

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned”;

Romans 5:1

“By faith we have been made acceptable by God.  And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live in peace with Him.”

When you realize that God loves you unconditionally, you realize you don’t need the approval of other people.

Romans 8:33

“If God says His chosen ones are acceptable to Him, can anybody bring charges against them?

  1. I am bold in bringing my needs to God.

Romans 8:14-15

“All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God!  So, you should not be cowering, fearful slaves.  You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into His family–calling Him ‘Father, dear Father.’”

Romans 8:16-17

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,”

When you become a child of God you get an all access pass.

Hebrews 4:16

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

  1. I have peace in pain I don’t understand.

God doesn’t owe you an explanation for why He allows anything.

Philippians 4:7

“The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

It’s when you feel at peace even though you don’t understand what’s going on.

God’s love does not exempt you from pain or suffering in this life.

Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things [even the bad things] God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

  1. I gain the courage to take risks.

Our problem is not that we don’t love God; our problem is we don’t know how much He loves us.  Because if we did, we could not help but love Him.

1 John 4:18

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.”

John 1:12

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name”:

  1. I worship instead of worry.

Worship is simply expressing my love to God.

How do you know when you’re not feeling God’s love?  It’s real simple, when you begin to worry.

You need to choose worship over worry.

Matthew 6:25-34

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”

God will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

Romans 6:13

“Do not let any part of your bodies become tools of wickedness, to be used for sinning; but give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for His good purposes.”

The first calling and purpose of my life is to be loved by God.

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LIVE YOUR CALLING: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?

YOU ARE CALLED TO BELONG – Part 1

  1. Your first purpose in life is be loved by God.
  2. Your second purpose in life is to belong.

Hebrews 2:10

“God is the one who made all things, and all things are for His glory.  He wanted to have many children share in His glory.”

  • God formed me for His family.

Ephesians 1:9&10

“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.”

  • God’s family is called the church.

1 Timothy 3:15

“I am writing to you… so you will know how to live in the family of God. That family is the church of the living God, the support and foundation of the truth.”

  • I’m called to belong to His church.

Ephesians 2:19

“So now you are no longer visitors or strangers.  Now you are citizens together with God’s holy people.  You belong to God’s family.

Romans 1:6

“You are among those who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.”

Church is not something you go to.  Church is something you belong to.  It is not an event and it’s not a location.  Church is a relationship.

THE FIVE BENEFITS OF BELONGING.

God designed His family, the church, to meet your five deepest needs.

  1. In God’s family I learn my true identity.

But the truth is, most of your identity comes from your relationships.

Ephesians 2:19

“You are members of God’s very own family… and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.”

Your most important family is God’s family.

Your spiritual family is actually more important than your physical family.

When you get your identity from your spiritual family, then you get a long-term identity.

What matters most is your spiritual identity.

Hebrews 2:11

“Jesus and the people He makes holy all belong to the same family.  This is why He [Jesus] isn’t ashamed to call them His brothers and sisters.”

Baptism is the public symbol that says I’m not ashamed to say I’m a part of the family.

Acts 2

“Those who believed what Peter had said were baptized and added to the church about three thousand that day.”

The second metaphor that God uses to describe the church, He says the church is like a temple.

1 Corinthians 3:16

Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and His Spirit lives in you?”

In a building, all the connected parts support each other.

  1. In God’s temple I’m supported by others.

There are going to be times in your life when you need other people to hold you together.

Ephesians 2:21&22

“In Christ the whole [body] building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in Him [Jesus] you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”

You need identity and you need stability.

You weren’t meant to go through life disconnected.

Romans 1:12

“I want us to help each other with the faith we have.  Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.”

This is what we call the mutuality of the body or the building of the family.

Your second purpose in life is to belong.

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