Purpose before Process


I've been thinking a lot about purpose...my purpose...life focus...and how a fixed purpose naturally leads to developing process.

example: God's purpose for our life is to help us become more like Jesus in thought, word, attitude and service. Therefore when we embrace His purpose, we should embrace His process of becoming like Him...

Philippians chapter 2 talks about this process...by first talking about Jesus and his purpose...

His purpose, to come to earth to fulfill all the Fathers will from birth to cross and beyond...part of His process was to only do what His Father showed Him to do...


His purposeful process:
Come to earth to be fully human...this meant he chose to leave his God-rights, to lay them aside...to humble Himself and become obedient to the predetermined God plan...

God's plan, to save humanity from their selfishness. He became obedient and died upon a cross and bear the sin, sickness and selfishness of all mankind.


A casual read of the gospels will reveal the ups and downs in the life of Jesus....at one moment people were flocking to hear him, to see the miracles and the next minute people were wanting to kill him.
His commitment to His life purpose enabled Him to embrace the process.

In the passage ...Let this attitude be in you...What's the attitude? humility, letting go of our rights, esteeming others, living like Jesus

The writer goes on ...
now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

God is working in our hearts, in our choices, in our mind-sets--to act, live out--embrace, and pursue His good purpose.

Part of the good purpose is tied to being the good news to the people in our sphere of influence...

To be an incarnational, a missional person....seeking to serve, and to share the good news with others.

Simply put, the more God's purpose becomes our purpose, the more we will embrace His process in our lives.
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