HOW WILL YOU BE USED? - Bible Study Lesson Outline
This is Bible study on "HOW WILL YOU BE USED?". Not how you will be used of God, necessarily - but on how will you be used at all. Because everyone, in some way, will be used.
Definition of world: the order of things, the system found on earth until the system of God's kingdom is in power on earth.
"The "world" is the specific set of conditions prevailing upon the face of the planet Earth at a specific point in Biblical time."
"Our present "world" also consists of the stars in the sky, the trees of the field, the people, the cities of the nations, and the present evil world system on the face of the Earth:" (Gal 1:4)
- Note: The Earth itself is not evil, but it is cursed (see Gen 3:17-19).
In this life, you have at least one purpose to fulfill. Every one can do something important, good, and necessary. God has a job, a "service", a mission for everyone. A reason for being alive and living. (Did you ever wonder why you exist? It's not because you're an accident, or because you're the result of a grand science experiment.) Most people (at some point) ponder the reason they are alive. Some people fulfill their purpose. Sadly, I think most people don't spend much time thinking about the reason they are alive...and never live a fulfilling life.
A fulfilling life is one that has purpose. It has meaning. It has significance. It's not a life spent on things that are silly. It's not a life spent on things that are selfish. It's not a life spent on things that are destructive. It's not spent on things that are meaningless.
A fulfilling life doesn't have to be one where you are successful or even unsuccessful by this world's standards. It doesn't have to be a life that others envy. Having a fulfilled life doesn't mean you have to look a certain way, accomplish certain things, talk a certain way, drive a certain kind of car, or make certain people proud of you. What it DOES mean is that you live according to God's intended purpose for YOU.
If you are doing that, you will know it. You will have peace about your life. You will be happy with yourself. If you take time to consider yourself, you will know you're in the right "place" in life and doing the right thing.
Like I said: most people at one point will wonder about their reason for living. But most of those people will silence those thoughts and go on living according to the course of this world - trying not to think about "purpose" ever again. Those people will not put themselves in a position to be used of God - but they will be used.
YOU WILL be used for a purpose in life. Either God's purpose, or the world's purpose. Three things you need to know about the HOW YOU WILL BE USED.
I. YOU WILL FOLLOW A PATH AND A PURPOSE
A. There is a pre-determined course of this world system we live in. You don't want to follow it! (Eph 2:2 – “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world”)
1. It's not fulfilling
2. Its deceptive
3. It only takes from you - and doesn't give.
4. Its only end result is death. (Romans 6:21-23; Romans 8:6)
“21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)
B. God has a purpose for everyone, perfectly made for each individual.
1. It offers fulfillment and purpose
2. It shows and embodies truth
3. It rewards you even though you are called to give
4. It ends in life
C. You follow one by default, and follow the other by choice.
** World wants you to do the opposite of what God wants. No joke: Man and woman should become one flesh (marriage)? World says not to become married. (Unless it's man and man.) Be fruitful and multiply? World says take away, not be fruitful.
II. YOU WILL BE USED NO MATTER YOUR ABILITIES, PERSONALITY, SKILLS, OR KNOWLEDGE
(WHO YOU ARE ISN'T THE ISSUE)
A. No one is "good enough" to fulfill God's purpose. Don't think you have to become "perfect" to follow the Lord.
I am a flawed vessel, a flawed instrument. A repaired instrument. A duct-taped tool. A weak instrument. But I am available and I can be used to do things.
I am not the strongest instrument. I am not a flawless instrument. But I can be used to do work and get jobs done.
On earth, people use various combinations of tools to get a job done. Building a kids' obstacle course:
1. Discarded tires
2. Scrap wood from pallets
3. Store-bought 2x4s
4. A found box of 2" deck screws
5. Store-bought 3" deck screws
6. A hammer
7. A power drill
8. Extra concrete blocks
10. Duct tape
A contractor in Iraq needed to build certain things. He was hired by the U.S. government to support the military effort. As a contractor he needed to do various jobs. One time, he needed to bolt something together. The army requisitioned him some sockets...but no wrench. So used some pliers to hold onto the socket and secure the bolt. When the job was done, the socket was scraped up and had gouges in it...but he got the job done.
Point? God uses whoever is available to Him for His purposes.
B. The world takes anyone and everyone. (Some people "stop" there.) But it's point is destruction. Consider that Jesus takes anyone and everyone as well. His point is to give life.
- Don't switch the two in your mind. Don't get confused about which one condemns. The WORLD condemns - NOT Jesus! (John 3:17, 8:11)
III. YOU WILL HAVE TO DECIDE TO DO RIGHT
A. "Purpose." Life should be lived on purpose. (Daniel 1:8). Use your decision-making ability. (Jer. 29:13)
B. Don't get "activity" confused with "purpose"! Busy people aren't always doing what they should be doing. (Luke 10:40-42)
- "What is the best use of my time right now?" (Colossians 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.“)
C. Pressures come to do what's popular, do what feels good, do what's easiest. (1 John 2:16, Titus 2:12)
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Everyone in this room is here for a purpose and a reason. You are not here by accident. And you are not here without God knowing about it. Think about that: God is real, He knows you, and knows you are here. You heard these truths, and He knows that, too. So what are you going to do about it? Will you purpose in your heart to find and do His will for you? Will you search after God with all your heart? [While you’re young –
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Or will you give up, give in to the world, and go along with the crowd? Remember where each one ends. Choose wisely.