Episode 37

God’s Purpose is Your Purpose

You can spend your entire life searching the scriptures for your “life’s purpose,” and never find it because all of us are called to live our lives for God’s purpose, to seek and save the lost . . . to move everyone, every day, closer to Jesus.

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You can spend your entire life searching the scriptures for your “life’s purpose,” and never find it because all of us are called to live our lives for God’s purpose, to seek and save the lost . . . to move everyone, every day, closer to Jesus. Hear more about living in this promise and in the favor of God.

Host Barry Meguiar is a car guy and businessman who hosted the popular TV show, Car Crazy, on Discovery Networks for 18 years. He loves cars, but he loves Jesus even more! Learn more about Barry at IgniteAmerica.com.

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Episode Transcript

Welcome back to Ignite. I want to talk about how life begins when God’s purpose becomes your purpose. It’s, it’s amazing to me how often the question is asked, What’s God’s purpose for my life? I’ve been in so many settings where I’ve seen that to be true. I was in a Bible study a while back, and one of the businessmen, a very high-powered businessman had just retired. And he said, so now I’m searching for God’s purpose for my life. And everybody warmed up in the meeting, we all gathered around him and say, God, we pray that you will reveal Bob, to Bob, your purpose for his life. How far will you get off the mark? Oh, my goodness. It’s not about God’s purpose for your life. In fact, do you know God doesn’t have a purpose for your life? Did you know that? It’s true. You can’t, you could search the Scriptures inside out, you’ll never find God’s purpose for your life. Because there’s only one purpose and it’s God’s purpose. Romans 8:28, the scripture that I use, probably 10 out of 11 podcasts and everywhere I go. Because it is the quintessential scripture that’s, that shouts the message on how we’re supposed to live our lives for God’s purpose. As well, and of course, where he says, I will make everything in your life work to good, together for good from now until you get to heaven. Imagine this promise. There’s no other promise in the Bible like this after John 3:16. I promise you from now until you get to heaven now that you’re saved. I’m talking to Christians, I promise you for now until you get to heaven. I’ll make everything in your life work together for good if you love me, all your heart, all your mind, soul, love me, and you live your life for my purpose. And there’s no question about what His purpose is, to seek and save the lost, to move everybody every day closer to to Jesus.

So then how does that relate to us? Well, then in Jeremiah 29, he talks about, that famous verse, for I know the plans I have for you. Wow. He has a unique plan for each one of us for how we are to fulfill His purpose. That’s what life’s all about. Okay, I’ve told this story many times, but it’s appropriate right now to repeat that I was sharing my faith so often, Karen and I both, my wife right, we’re both sharing our faith so often, that we had concluded that God was leading us into full-time ministry. Now I’d entered the retail market in 1973. So I had alligators up to my ears and I could catch it, I could see that it was coming. I was so excited about my business. But at the same time, I felt this tug of going into full-time ministry and I still, I closed the door of my office this one day and and prayed the most fervent prayer of my life. I say, God, I want to do what you want me to do. I, whatever it is. And you know, as much as I know that if I leave my business, I’m the third generation leader of my business, if I leave it, it will fail. And I have two little girls to feed by the way. But if you want me to go into full time ministry, I would do it but but I said to Him, specifically these words, but you almost have to tell me in an audible voice. And He did. About 20 minutes later, a guy walked in my office by the name of David McNutt that you probably already know the story if you’ve followed me very long on this. But it’s a profound story. How I’d never spoken to this guy. He was in my church. He’d spoken from the platform. I knew he’s a missionary kid grew up in Africa, but I’d never exchanged a glance with him. And now he’s in my office. And he walks in and saying I was just in the area, thought I’d stop by and find out, how’s it going? And I made a snap decision that as a missionary kid, he probably wasn’t into cool cars and shiny paint finishes. So I started sharing with him a faith sharing opportunities I’d had right after the day before. And he looked at me says, God’s given you a wonderful ministry here hadn’t He? And I said, whoa wait a minute. What are you saying? Why would you say that? He said, well a pastor can’t reach the people you’re reaching but as a businessman you can, it’s obvious that your business is your pulpit. It’s also a lesson in obedience. What if he had not been obedient? I would have been a horrible pastor. I’m not a pastor. Thank God I’m not a pastor. I don’t want the weight of a pastor. I just so admire pastors and what they have to go through. I’m a businessman. I love to sell. I’m a marketer. But we’re also called to full-time ministry. You, I, all of us. We’re all in full-time ministry, whether we like it or not. And God’s plan for me was that I stay planted in my business and I use my business as my pulpit. Do you get it? My business is not my purpose, but when I get to heaven it’s not gonna matter how many bottles of car wax I sell. The only thing that is gonna matter 100 years from now is how many people are in heaven because of my influence. Or should I say the only thing that will matter 100 years from now is how many people are in heaven because of your influence? And when you do that you’re living in the promise of Romans 8:28 that he’ll make everything your life work together for good. Now that is living in the fold, that is living in the favor of God. See you next time.

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