Experiencing the Power of the Gospel
Part 3―Biblical Doctrines in the Light of the Gospel
Part 4―Last Day Events (Eschatology)
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But is that really what life is about? Just getting more things....
All of us are called for a purpose. Just what is the basic purpose of your living in this world?....Is it to accumulate wealth? Fame? Popularity? Is it to fulfill the desires of the flesh?....If all of your concern is about your own life, your job, your clothes....a good education, a good job....then your concerns are no different from those who know not a Saviour.
Read what the bible has to say about this topic:
Luke 12 (v. 15) Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.
Even king Solomon, who was the wisest and richest man of his day testifies:
Eccl 2 (v. 9) So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem....(v. 10) Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,...
(verse 11) Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done, and on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.
Webster's Dictionary defines vanity as: something that is vain, empty, or valueless.
Is this what you want your life to be about? Are you here on this earth to live for yourself or for what you can get?
What is the sum value of our lives?
Listen to how one man describes his experiences around the people of "show biz" when he was younger: "....we enjoyed all the attention from the stars. They would come over and talk to us and tell us jokes between tapings....Yet something about the exciting people who make up the world of theater bothered me. As I got old enough to understand, I noticed that a frightening percentage of them were....on drugs or alcohol....yet they weren't happy. Why do they work so hard to achieve fame when it makes them so miserable? I wondered."
If you have read the "Why―You are saved" and the "How―You are saved" sections of this website, then you already know, that we don't have to spend the rest of our life trying to be good enough to make it to heaven, we can instead focus on why we are here and to pursue our purpose for living.
Carl Jung once said that man was created with a “God-shaped vacuum” inside. Augustine said much earlier: “Thou has made us for Thyself, Oh God, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in Thee.”
God has created you for a reason, with a special gift to contribute to the world. To get an idea of this gift we must note what scripture says.
I Pet 4 (v. 10) As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
(verse 11) ....If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified....
We are here to give praise & worship to the Creator of the heavens, the earth, and the sea, who created everything that is in them!!
And while we are here, we are to use our God-given gifts to minister to and help other people on this earth.
Life has taught me that “things” and “getting things done” aren’t what make up ones life. Life is walking with God and doing His will day by day, and hour by hour. For really if we live a long life, acquire a lot of “things” and “get alot done” but haven’t gotten to know God, what has life been worth?
God has endowed each of us with spiritual gifts so that we could realize our worth in His eyes!
Those who work with people recognize that a suffering humankind struggles with a poor sense of worth. An identity crisis and a negative self-image have been human problems since the fall. Our sense of worth is not a question of giftedness, talent, intelligence or beauty. Your sense of personal worth comes from knowing who you are as a child of God and your growth in character.
Find out more about who you are as a child of God:
>>>>> Who You Are in Christ!! <<<<<
We are so special to God that He knows each of us by name! God believed that you were worth saving!!
Isa 43 (v. 1) But now, thus says the Lord, who created you....Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
Listen to how one bible commentary describes the reports written about the life of Jesus:
He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches....and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it
is to be cherished as a treasure....He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul.
Let’s look at another verse which reveals why we are so valuable to God!
I Cor 6 (v. 19) ....and you are not your own.... (v. 20) For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God....
One soul is of such value that, in comparison with it, worlds sink into insignificance....
The more that we labor with our spiritual gifts for the Lord, the more we become like our Savior.
Look at what finished work that God wants to do with us in the book of Peter and Isaiah.
I Pet 1 (v. 7) that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire....
Isa 13 (v. 12) I will make a mortal more precious than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Whatever this "golden wedge" is worth, God is going to make us more valuable!!
Ophir was a port or region mentioned in the Bible, famous for its wealth. King Solomon received a cargo of gold, silver, sandalwood, pearls, ivory, apes, and peacocks from Ophir, every three years. The gold was proverbial for its fineness, so that "gold of Ophir" was used as an expression for the finest gold around.
It is this same message of value and importance that is linked with using our spiritual gifts for Christ; It teaches us about our worth to Him.
The thought of a Christian feeling worthless and unworthy is a lie from no one other than the devil. He’s been a liar from the beginning and he’s trying to stop you from doing God’s will for your life.
1. Compu102. "This is the truth upside down." Online video. YouTube, 18 Aug 2009. www.youtube.com/watch?v=bufQbo2sO-w
2. Jim Hohnberger. (Jan 2005). Purpose & Challenge. “Power for Living” quarterly newsletter.
3. Doug Batchelor, (1991). The Richest Caveman, p.5-6, Mountain Ministry.
4. Mark Finley, (1995). Beyond Orion’s Gates, p.241, Hart Research Center.
5. Kim Johnson. (2007). Spiritual Body Building Lessons, p.39
6. Neil Anderson. (2013). Victory over the darkness, p.37
7. E.G. White, The Desire of Ages, p.91, par.1
8. E.G. White, The Desire of Ages, p.578, par.1
11. Kim Johnson. (2007). Spiritual Body Building Lessons, p.40
12. Fritz Chery. (2017). http://biblereasons.com/feeling-worthless/
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Image #2: Motivational and Inspirational quotes, (n.d.). Thomas Aquinas (AZ quotes). Retrieved from https://senatormichaelmerrifield.org/quotes/more-than-a-friendship-quotes
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Image #4: Pinterest, (n.d.). Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. Retrieved from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/141722719497705497/ (www.livelifehappy.com).
Image #5: You are precious to God, (n.d.). We go through some things. Retrieved from https://www.slideserve.com/rimona/you-are-precious-to-god
Image #6: Bible History Online, (n.d.). Gold of Ophir. Retrieved from http://www.bible-history.com/archaeology/israel/2-gold-of-ophir-bb.html