Sin is not our natural state. We were not created to live in rebellion against God, but rather we were created to glorify Him. Our purpose in life is to glorify God by demonstrating His character in this world. Sin robs us of the ability to fulfill this purpose.
I believe that purpose is one of the tools God uses to create in us the craving to live the life He created us to live. Our God-given purpose helps us to resist sin and become the people we were created to be.
Speaking from personal experience, the times I have been the most successful in my struggle with sin have been when I have focused on God’s purpose for my life.
When I speak about purpose I do not mean living a life of selfish ambition, rather, I mean living out God’s will for my life. Our purpose is the combination of our talents, our passions, and God’s will. (Tweet this) I believe my purpose is found through preaching, teaching, and writing to encourage fellow Christians.
God expands His Kingdom as we live out His purpose for our lives (Matthew 25:14-30). Having a purpose to live allows us understand the devastating effects of sin on our lives. By understanding our purpose we are more aware of how sin prevents us from becoming the people God created us to be.
Take a moment and consider the purpose you have for your life. How effective are you at doing it? Have you hesitated from taking responsibility for it because of the sin you have in your life? Do you think you are useless because of that sin?
I have had those negative feelings. Those feelings held me back from pursuing the purpose God has for my life. By focusing on sin rather than my purpose, I missed out on many opportunities to make a difference for God’s Kingdom.
One way we can overcome these negative feelings and thoughts is by focusing on two great truths.
- God can use the worst of sinners. The apostle Paul wrote to his disciple Timothy: “But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:16; ESV). Our sin doesn’t disqualify us from doing God’s will!If sin disqualified us then God could use no one. Our first step in living out our purpose requires repentance and confession. Are we going to admit our sin and take the necessary steps overcome the sin that plagues our lives? We may not always be successful, but what matters is our intentional effort in struggling against sin.
- Purpose replaces sin. If all we do is focus on sin, then we will constantly be frustrated in our struggle against it. Focusing on our God given purpose provides another way for us to live our lives. Peter wrote: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:10-11; ESV). God has given each of us gifts, and when we use these gifts, we move away from sin and toward worship.
One of the first things we must do in our battle with sin is to discover God’s will, both for the Church and for our lives, and then we need to commit to do it. Knowing God’s will gives us a way to live that is opposite of living a life of sin. Purpose gives us a reason to live, and motivation to leave our sin behind (Hebrews 12:1).