(Romans 12:2 NLT) Don’t
copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a
new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s
will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
How God Reveals our Purpose
1. The callfrombirth.
(Jeremiah 1:4-8) “Before
I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I
appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I
do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not
say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I
command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,”
declares the LORD.
2. Growing awareness.
(Genesis 50:20) You
intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now
being done, the saving of many lives.
3. Walking through opendoors.
(Esther 4:14-16) For if
you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise
from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows
but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”... I
will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I
4. A Godencounter.
(Acts 9:1-6) Meanwhile,
Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He
went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in
Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or
women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on
his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the
ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he
replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must