Family Bible Study lesson for Oct. 17: Finding New Purpose : Friday, Oct. 1, 2004
October 1 2004 by Robert Hunter

Family Bible Study lesson for Oct. 17: Finding New Purpose : Friday, Oct. 1, 2004
Friday, Oct. 1, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for Oct. 17: Finding New Purpose

By Robert Hunter
Focal Passage: Luke 4:42-5:11

What am I supposed to do with my life? I have two children who are deeply involved in this issue. One has no question at this point in time. When you ask her what life is about, what God wants from her, she will respond, "God has called me to be an optometrist!"

The other one has just entered the field of searching. He would say that God would use golf in some way.

God called me to "preach" when I was 13. I certainly didn't understand that at the time. We all must go through this field of discovery. In fact, it may be and likely is a continual journey of revelation and self-discovery.

In today's text we find some of Jesus' first followers on that journey of discovery. They teach us four important lessons about finding purpose.

Understand Jesus' purpose

Luke 4:42-44

Jesus had just performed a number of healings. There were probably numerous needs that had not yet been addressed, but there were greater needs to be met. He had already faced the temptation to simply be a "bread Messiah," that is, to only meet physical needs. Satan threw this in His face when He was driven into the wilderness during the temptations.

Jesus must get to His purpose for coming. He must get to the business of proclaiming a new kingdom. There was to be a new kind of living that must be pronounced and demonstrated, one that would produce spiritual health and healing which was superior to physical healing.

Allow Jesus to use what you have

Luke 5:1-3

Jesus' purpose ran headlong into Peter. That's what this new kingdom and mode of living was to do for Peter and all who follow. Jesus offered a new way that used what Peter had. He used a boat for a pulpit from which to speak and would later use Peter's personality.

That's the way it is for any of us. God wants who we are and what we have. We simply turn it over to Him and He uses it. For those who can't find meaning in life and continue to search and roam from here to there, ask yourself: "Have I turned it over to God? Am I willing to do what He wants?"

Follow Jesus' instructions

Luke 5:4-7

Jesus appeared on the scene and gave Simon Peter and his partners instructions. They obeyed and struck it big. They let down their nets and hit the school of all schools. The nets were tearing apart, and the boat was almost swamped by the weight of the tremendous catch of fish. The partners had to be called over to ease the burden. All of this happened because Peter obeyed.

It was all well and good until what Jesus had to say struck home. It was okay as long as Jesus spoke to the crowd at large. It was okay to have his boat used as a pulpit, but then the challenge became personal.

Respond to Jesus' call to tell others

Luke 5:8-11

Peter should have been overjoyed with the events associated with this prosperous catch. He should have reveled in his newfound wealth. But he collapsed at Jesus' feet, overcome by his sinfulness and inadequacy. He heard words from Jesus that transformed his life.

Jesus called Peter away from a life and lifestyle that had just become easier and richer. "Peter, leave this business. From now on you will be catching people."

That is the same call we hear. The question becomes our willingness to be obedient and our willingness to receive the bounty associated with the obedience. Not a bounty like the world offers, but a bounty of eternal dimensions. If we want fulfillment in this life we must associate ourselves with the purposes of God.

A sermon I read online issues this challenge: are you following Jesus close enough to hear the flap of His sandals? If not, you will not find fulfillment.

If you are searching for some elusive satisfaction then listen. Can you hear Jesus' sandals?

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