Acts 11:23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.
Psychologist William Moulton Marston surveyed 3,000 people and asked them, ‘What do you have to live for?’ The responses were amazing. Of the people who responded, 94 percent were simply enduring the present while they waited for the future. They were waiting for some future event to happen, like for children to grow up and leave home or for a dream vacation or retirement. They were waiting for tomorrow.
If we are not careful we can spend our whole life waiting for some future event while life passes us by. John Lennon said, “life is what happens while we’re making other plans”. Someone else said, “Some men die by shrapnel, and some go down in flames, but most men perish inch by inch, playing at little games.”
Purpose is vital. It’s an anchor in the storm. It’s a fortress in the battle.
Barnabas encouraged the believers in Antioch to continue in the Lord with purpose of heart. Paul describes us before our commitment to Christ in Ephesians 2: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience”.
That’s how we used to live. But now we know there is a God. We know His Word. We know there are absolutes in life; right and wrong, true and false, black and white. We are men of purpose. Do the people around you know what you stand for? We have a purpose, take your stand.