Mark 3:14, “And he ordained twelve that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach”
From my previous post, I want us to notice a pattern. God gave Adam a mandate, before he gave him Eve. Every man on earth has a purpose, coming to the realization of it is a different ball game. In Jeremiah 1:5, God told Prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” We are formed in line with the purpose God has for us.
Why am I stressing purpose? It is because if we haven’t clearly defined what our purpose is, we won’t be able to accurately discern relationships. We wouldn’t be able to maximize the relationships we have or even discern those which are potentially toxic. If there is one thing in life I have realized, it is this: you have to be intentional about everything you do to get the best out of it.
Look at the life of Jesus. We all know that Jesus came to the world to die for the sins of the world. But much more than that, he came to reveal God the Father to us. He came to show us the kingdom of God. He came to that through his death, resurrection and glorification, we might receive eternal life and the promise of the Holy Spirit. This was his purpose, but he couldn’t do it alone. He needed people to work with, people to teach and impart. But he was very intentional about it as we can see in our opening text. There was always a multitude going about with him but only twelve did he have personal relationship with. Even Judas Iscariot played a vital role to the fulfilment of his purpose.
Before we can even talk discerning relationships with friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, etc. we have to define purpose and understand it. It is a crucial filter in relationships
From my next post I would be talking on purpose and from there, we will look at each relationship and how we can maximize to fulfill purpose.