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The Purpose of Life

Worshiping God is our purpose in life, the reason we were made. It’s sounds so simple, so obvious. Is everyone saying this and I am only getting it through my thick head now?

A friend of mine threw a tiny little book in my bag last week and I just picked it up; Worship God by Watchman Nee. I’m only through the first two chapters, but may finish it before finishing this post. God tells us in the first four commandments, the time when God spells it out for us, the importance of worshiping Him.

My purpose in life is to worship God. We are all made to worship God, so in everything, I need to help others worship God. That’s it. From here, you can measure everything you are doing.

Revisted 2/17 – Okay. I finished the book. Like I said, it’s pretty short. I’m still really interested in pursuing the first two chapters further on Worship! It’s really hit a nerve with me. Except for a couple points I’ll throw down below, if you pick up the book, sorry to my friend, I would skip everything else which seemed at times questionable based on the scripture he cited, up to the last chapter on Diving Principles of Service. Here in a nutshell, he suggests forcefully that anything done through our own effort even for the glory of God, through the flesh we would say but his definition expands beyond worldly desire, is actually a hinderance to God’s plan. That if we had natural talents before being reborn, these talents have to be broken down and built back up through the Spirit. We will be broken, some as a slow process, some suddenly. Entering this ‘Dark Night’ where we feel our talents are being wasted is a part of the process in learning that it all comes from the Father, and it is the Father who works through us to build the Kingdom of God. Finally, we need to learn discernment to detect which is the Soul (bad – mind/emotion/personal effort) and which is the Spirit at work. He gives a good Chinese expression here, ‘How many servants of the Lord are used by the Lord to build twelve feet and then try to pull down fifteen feet?’.

What we have to overcome in this spiritual battle. Page 48 – First the world, the lowest plane of battle. What we must overcome is not only the things of the world but also the spirit of the world. In overcoming the world we maintain our proper relationship with the Father. Second, the flesh. The world is outward, but Satan has planted something in us. God has to take many years to deal with us till He can show us ourselves in His light, and then we shall be properly weakened. Lastly, the devil. Because he is a spirit, only those who have been set free from the flesh can – in their spirit – know the battle in the spirit realm.

Page 66 – The only condition for seeing (revelation) is the cross. We go round and round in our own thoughts, wisdom and ideas; but human wisdom has no part at all in spiritual things. 1) Those who are built up by all they have heard are confirmed in their blindness and have never really seen. 2) Those who oppose everything. 3) Those who agree easily with everything, are not exercised, so get nowhere. It is the cross that makes us see. The cross is not a doctrine but an experience.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)    For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, demolishing arguments and every pretension that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

Wow, is it pretentious to love the NKJV for this passage and throw some NIV in the middle? It’s understandable and a battle cry.

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