“YOU WERE FORMED FOR GOD’S FAMILY”
40 Days of Purpose
October 11, 2009
Cornerstone Community Church
Adelina Domingues died a few years ago in San Diego. What made her death especially noteworthy is that, according to the Guinness Book of Records, she was the oldest living American. At 114 years of age, she outlived all of her children and some of her grandchildren. When she was asked the secret of her longevity, the Associated Press reports she gave all the credit to God. Here’s what she said: “I knew God had a purpose for my life.” I hope you know what Adelina Domingues knew. I hope you know that God has a purpose for your life. You are no accident. Whether or not your parents planned to have you precisely when they had you, you can be sure that God planned for you to be born precisely when you were born. God made you for a purpose.
Last week we looked at God’s first purpose for our lives – God planned you for his pleasure. God created you to love you and to enjoy you, and it is his passionate desire that you will love him and enjoy him in return. God planned you for his pleasure, and the way we bring God pleasure is to give God our worship. When we worship God, we said, we give God three things – we give God our attention (“Love God with all your mind”); we give God our affection (“Love God with all your heart and soul”); and we give God our abilities (“Love God with all your strength”). God planned you for His pleasure, and the way we bring God pleasure is to worship him.
Today we’re going to look at the second purpose God has for our lives, which is this – You were formed for God's family. In Ephesians 1: 5 the Bible says, “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.” The entire Bible, this entire book, is the story of God building a family. God is building a family for himself that is going to last not just here on earth, but forever and ever in eternity. You were formed for God’s family.
Last week we used the word “worship” to summarize the first purpose of our lives. The word we use to summarize our second purpose is the word “fellowship.” Now let’s see if we can give that word some meaning. Some of us who have grown up in the church have heard that word so often it’s entirely lost its meaning, while for some of you it might be a new word. Here’s what some of us think fellowship means. After this service is over, there will be a couple of guys out on the patio, and they will be talking and one of them will say, “Hey, how about those Sharks?” And his friend will say, “Yeah, I know what you mean.” Then the first guy will ask, “So how are you doing?” And his friend will reply, “OK, I guess. How about you?” “Oh, I’m doing OK myself. Well, see you next Sunday.” And his friend will reply, “Great fellowshipping with you!” Now, did those two guys just fellowship? No! They just passed the time until their wives got done talking. That’s not fellowship. Fellowship, as we will see this morning, is far more than that. In the end, we will learn that fellowship is loving God’s family as