Episode 003 – Being Devoted To Your Purpose

Helping You Achieve Clarity And Direction By Igniting God's Purpose In Your Life.

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Here’s what we’re all about:

Helping you achieve clarity and direction by igniting God’s purpose in your life, that’s the goal of this podcast. We want you to have clarity and direction so that you can live the life you were meant to live. 

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HERE’S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO COVER TODAY – 

  • Scripture of the week – Isaiah 28:23-26
  • Tool tip of the week – A book for church leaders by Andy Stanley & The applications I use to produce this podcast.
  • Feature presentation – Being devoted to your purpose.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – 

Isaiah 28:23–26

23Listen to me; listen, and pay close attention.

24Does a farmer always plow and never sow? Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting?

25Does he not finally plant his seeds— black cumin, cumin, wheat, barley, and emmer wheat— each in its proper way, and each in its proper place?

26The farmer knows just what to do, for God has given him understanding.

  • There is a time to step out of your comfort zone.
  • At some point, you have prepared all that you can prepare. The next step is to take a step.
  • It feels risky. What you need to know is that real faith requires risk.
  • Plant your seeds.
  • Put your seed in the right place. God will give you the understanding you need.

TOOL TIP OF THE WEEK – 

FEATURE PRESENTATION – Being devoted to your purpose

Your purpose will never survive if you are not devoted to it.

Purpose absolutely requires devotion.

In fact, that is the key to everything. Nothing of value starts huge. It begins in a seed form that needs nurture and care. Your purpose is the same. You can’t expect to try something new, begin a new venture, or have a great dream that will develop overnight. For your purpose to be realized is going to take time…and not just time; but also devotion.

What that means is taking the time to tend to it. Just like having a garden. You have to water it, weed it, and work it. Purpose won’t survive the pressure of doubt if you don’t.

Here’s why…Doubt seeks to cast influence over your dreams and desires…and ultimately over the purpose that God has planned for you. What starts off with great faith and positivity can crash and burn if you don’t take the time to devote yourself to growing it.

Part of devoting yourself to your purpose is realizing that it grows over time through the ups and downs. Being devoted is refusing to give up on your dream. It is continuing to work towards it, even when things seem like they will never get off the ground.

In fact, one of the best secrets that I’ve learned is simply to keep going and don’t quit.

You can find a blog post where I’ve written about that at http://larryshankle.com/5-times-not-quit/

Having the will to just keep on planting seeds toward your purpose is 99% of your work. Throughout history, great people became great because they didn’t quit.

I mean, think about it. What if Thomas Edison had stopped working before the light bulb was invented? What if the doctors and professors who have studied and worked to cure diseases had quit? Where would we be?

edison, purpose, inventor

Now…In the moment, it’s real easy to look at your life or your purpose and say that it really doesn’t matter all that much if you quit. The reason why is simple. You don’t know the end from the beginning. Let me ask you a question…What if your purpose holds much more meaning that you realize in the present tense? Are you willing to chance the possibility that you may miss out? What about the people that your purpose is meant to serve? Do you really want those people to miss your contribution?

I don’t think you do.

We quit because things get hard. We quit because we feel obscure, which I blogged about at http://larryshankle.com/deal-obscurity-two-steps/

Or we quit simply because it feels like what we are doing doesn’t matter. But when it comes to your purpose, you should remain devoted to it because it’s something God has placed in you. Listen, if God planted a seed in you, He will make it grow. Sometimes it takes time.

I know…Time is the hard part…waiting…is….hard!

But you can do it. Being devoted to your purpose, your dream, your destiny is as simple as continuing on when it would be much easier to quit.

Pastor Mark Batterson of National Community Church has a great message that speaks to this. They began their church in such small ways; but over the course of time, God has done big things for them. In fact you can listen to the message at http://theaterchurch.com/media/church/small-beginnings

I certainly hope that you will check them out. Especially if you are thinking of quitting on your purpose. This message is great reminder of why you shouldn’t.

Here’s the deal…Devotion and purpose come together to create hope.

The Bible says this about hope:

Romans 5:1–5

1Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Now, more than likely I’ll do a post or podcast episode later on dealing more in depth about how hope and purpose are linked; but for now just know that they are! The longer you stay devoted to your purpose, to your dream, the greater the opportunity for hope to arise in your heart for your purpose. You need this hope.

Hope pushes you forward. When there is hope in your heart about your purpose, you have the strength to do things that you normally would give up on. The reason is simple…You believe that God has purpose behind those things. If you have a hope deep down in your heart that God is the one who gave you your purpose, then you also have reason to believe that He will bring your purpose to pass.

Romans 15:13

13I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

God is the source of hope. When you trust God, you eventually start to overflow with hope about what He can do. This hope is a result of the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

You could even apply this acronym to the word hope:

H – How

O – Our

P – Purpose

E – Emerges

Your purpose will never emerge and take the leap into potential unless you keep your hope alive. Being devoted to your purpose is the same as being devoted to cultivating hope in your purpose. Hope is a catalyst for risk, faith, and steps in the direction of your purpose. If you’re anything like me, when you allow yourself the chance to dream a little…hope comes back alive.

When you connect your devotion to your purpose you give your purpose the chance to make it.

Let me ask you a question.

What are you going to do today, to stay devoted to your purpose?

I know you…the reason you’re listening is because you hope to find encouragement towards living in your purpose. Well, consider this the voice that says, “keep going”.

You have a purpose from God. What are you going to do about it?;

Purpose should breed action.

Choose to take action today.

Could I ask you a favor?

If you’ve enjoyed this show and gotten value from it, would you leave a rating and review in iTunes? Also, why not share it on your favorite social network and help your friends live their purpose too. You can find links to do this easily from my blog www.youcanlivewithpurpose.com and from there you can also sign up to receive periodic emails from me regarding the show, books, blog posts and other resources that will help you live with purpose.

Thanks for joining me today on the show…remember, you have a purpose and you can live it!

Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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