- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2005

The following are excerpts of a sermon given yesterday by the Rev. Horace Drumming at Rainbow Family Christian Center in Silver Spring.

There has been a lot of talk recently about “purpose,” in part because the Reverend Rick Warren with his successful book “The Purpose Driven Life” has helped many to consider this subject matter.

Purpose is defined as the reason for which something exists. God called us into existence for a purpose.

There are five statements about purpose that every believer should understand and declare concerning themselves:

• I have a purpose.

• My purpose is to win the lost to Jesus Christ.

• I can best fulfill my purpose on a team.

• I will never be satisfied until I am fulfilling my purpose.

• I have no promise of tomorrow.

Consider our subject text (1 John 3:7-8). Most people, when they hear the word “destroy,” tend to think of some cataclysmic event — something atomic in nature. But in its simplest term, I believe that God was speaking of loosing or to untie.

People are bound with many things that keep them from focusing on their God-given purpose and they need to be loosed. That stronghold on their lives needs to be destroyed.

Three passages of text all point to this definition of loosing or to untie. Look up Matthew 21:2, Mark 1:7 and Luke 13:10.

I believe that every individual on the face of the planet was created by God and that the heart of God is that we come to know our Creator and why He created us. (I have a purpose.)

After coming to know God, I believe that God wants us to go and make Him known to others. (My purpose is to win the lost to Jesus Christ.)

Paul said he became all things to all people that he might win one. God has created a very diverse world. Diversity is strength and not a weakness. We should all aspire not to be defined by the color of our skin, but the content of our character. I don’t believe God intends for us to separate ourselves by culture — i.e., black church, white church, Hispanic church, Asian church, etcetera No, I believe there is only one race — the human race.

God is no respecter of person. Shared power is multiplied power. The world is an interesting place. It’s going to take a group or team of people to reach it. Since it is a diverse world, it’s going to take a diverse team to reach it.

We need every believer to join together to reach the masses of unbelievers. But the longer we separate ourselves on trivial things, the more confused and lost mankind becomes.

The world can truly be a better place when we work together, with our focus not on denomination, culture or other such things. Just preach Jesus. Just share the Gospel, and my Bible tells me that “If Jesus be lifted up, He will draw all men unto Him.”

I will never be happy until I am fulfilling my God-given purpose. The Scripture cautions us about what to seek first. (See Matthew 6:33.)

What would it profit a man if he could gain all the treasures of this world and lose his soul? What will a man give in exchange for his soul?

The happiest people I know are those who have found peace with God and direction from God.

I have no promise of tomorrow. I can’t procrastinate, put it off, or pretend that the world is OK if I’m a Christian. We need to be about our Father’s business. The business or heart of the Father is summed up in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.”

Daily, Lord, teach us to love. Teach us to work with you and others for the betterment of the world in which we live. Let us hold hands together and accomplish something great. Help us discover our purpose and no longer be a people who decide what we are going to do. Live by revelation and not be reason. God has a purpose for your life.

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