The God-Rudder

1 Cor 9_16_A God Rudder

A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, a waif…a no man. Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you. (Thomas Carlyle)

Billy Sunday once said, “More men fail for lack of purpose than lack of talent.”  I believe he may be right.  Without a purpose we all are prone to wander aimlessly day by day.  Soon the days become weeks, the weeks become months, and the months, years.  Before we know it, we’ve drifted so far from shore we have no idea where we are, or how we even got there.

What many of us fail to factor into our life’s “purpose calculations” is the reality that we were made to serve our Creator in some manner.  Without an eternal purpose (often found in a personal ministry of some type), we’ll all drift through life.

Consider for example, Paul’s stated “God-purpose” below:

For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!  (1 Corinthians 9:16)

Paul fully understood his purpose – to preach the gospel.  In fact, he was compelled to do it; he could literally do no other.  Failing to fulfill his purpose became woeful to Paul – it pained him and brought him grief.

May I ask – have you found your God-rudder – that area of ministry or service that you are under compulsion to do?  That “something” that should you not do it, you’d say, “Woe is me?”  Remember, a God-purpose gives direction and sense to life. –Dave

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