Personal Purpose

Date

Jan 20, 2018

Sermon Series

Purpose

There are Christians today who follow society’s purpose for humanity - doing and not doing tasks. For these Christians, their purpose is absorbed in doing this and not doing that. But could it be possible that God’s purpose for humanity is to love and serve? Is our true purpose to pass that spirit of love on to the next generation? What do you think?

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Dear Downers Church Family:

What could I do with $233,610? Actually, what could I do with $467,210? In 2015, the Department of Agriculture estimated that raising a child from birth to age 17 cost $233,610. The annual cost is approximately $14,000. Of course, this is an average. The cost of living is more expensive in urban areas than in rural communities.

Here is the real question: Why would someone have children? It's expensive to raise them. As a parent, you may end up experiencing additional stress, headaches and, hopefully not, heartache. And, being a parent doesn't stop at childrearing. It follows your children into young adulthood and beyond. So, does it seem logical to have children? Perhaps not, but the population continues to rise as each generation takes on this journey.

I have a theory. I think Adam (“Mankind”) and Eve were created to love. God’s purpose for humanity is a relationship with Him and other people. Humans seem to feel better about their lives when they devote themselves to service. Our Creator put a desire in most of our hearts to procreate so that we could share our love. This is contrasted with the world’s task-oriented purpose for humanity. According to today’s society, a human has better served his/her purpose if he/she has accomplished many tasks and acquired financial success at the same time.

Here is the dilemma. There are Christians today who follow society’s purpose for humanity - doing and not doing tasks. For these Christians, their purpose is absorbed in doing this and not doing that. But could it be possible that God’s purpose for humanity is to love and serve? Is our true purpose to pass that spirit of love on to the next generation? What do you think?

Pastor Kent

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