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The Voice – Week 1

ImageLast Friday we started a brand new series titled: “The Voice”. This is a four week series which addresses the pressing issues that students face today. To know more about these pressing issues come to our brand new LifeBox Center at 3/F of University Mall to find out. We promise that you will not be disappointed. 🙂Image

Pastor Daniel asked me to share a message during the first week which was titled: “Blind Auditions.” The topic for the first week was about Purpose. Personally I was so glad that I was assigned to speak last week because Purpose has been one of the burning issues in my life. This is one topic I really feel most passionate about when I go up there on stage to speak. I was talking to a student (Pao Santillan) the other day and I said that I had so many things to say unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I was only given a limited amount of time. Given the chance I could have spoken and taught for 3 hours or more. 🙂

My one simple point from last Friday was this:

“We are created for HIS purpose.”

Not our friend’s purpose, not our parent’s purpose, not even our own purposes, but we are created for his purpose and his purpose ALONE. The reason I said this is because in Colossians 1:16, it says there:

“…all things have been created through him and for him.”

By simple reasoning, we can derive that since we are included in “All” and since it says there that “all things have been created… and FOR HIM.” I crafted that one simple point: “We are created for HIS purpose”

Back when I didn’t have a personal relationship yet with Jesus Christ, I really didn’t understand this concept  well because I wanted to live life for myself, for my own purposes. I wanted to do what I thought I wanted to do for myself. Basically, I don’t want God’s purposes. What I didn’t know is that ever since I was a child, there had been many voices in society that have molded and shaped my way of thinking.

One of my life purposes before was to find that one special girl in my life that would “complete” me (as corny and as humiliating as that may sound). Looking back I now realize that my mind was shaped by all the media that surrounded me. Movies, music videos, and songs that convey a message that our life purpose is primarily discovered by finding our “one true love.” The problem with that way of thinking is, 1) What if that “one special someone” leaves you? 2) What if it doesn’t work out with her? 3) What if you realize that even in the company of that “loving someone” you still feel an emptiness inside? 4) What if after we find our “soulmate” we realize that we still want to do so many things in this life that we can’t accomplish because of our responsibility for each other? And so on and so forth. I’m not saying that relationships are bad, I want to make that clear. I’m for relationships and in fact I’m looking forward to that day when God prepares that special someone for my life (cheesy) :). I just want to emphasize that finding our life purpose in relationships alone is not the ultimate thing.

I also talked about finding your life purpose in achievements, success, money, fame, etc. I’ve been there in a way as well. I graduated with honors after studying college in DLSU-Manila. I landed an above average paying job in both of the first two companies I worked for. However, even with those things, I wasn’t able to find my peace and fulfillment.

The pursuit for our purpose in life seems to be quite elusive to a lot of people. Great minds in history have tried to develop philosophies, ideas, and ways of thinking just to answer the question: “What is the meaning of life?” One of the biggest proof that I know that this has been a question that people are looking an answer for is the book: “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. To date, this book has been one of the best-selling (if not the best) non-fiction book there is in the market with over 30 million copies sold!

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I’ve talked to many people who seem clueless and confused about their purpose and direction in life. People I admire who have great skills and talents but they still are not sure what their purpose in life is. There were a lot of times I myself gave up and found life to be meaningless. During times like those, I felt no drive to be excellent or do the things I’m supposed to do because a meaningless life will give you no drive to continue on in life. The “Why?” in life matters. It matters too much even with the little things, that’s why we see/hear a lot of kids ask the question “Why?” Why do I have to study? Why do I have to do that? What’s the purpose of doing these things?

Unless we have a good and solid answer to the question of “Why?” either we will have no drive to do the things that we’re supposed to be doing or we will just go on with life with different reasons. The sad thing is after we’ve accomplished those reasons, if they’re wrong, we’d feel empty inside.

Plumb’s song titled: God Shaped Hole says: “There’s a God Shaped Hole in all of us and it’s a void that only he can fill” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_DbnBCVGPc)

I believe, know for a fact, and not only those things but experienced it personally as well that the only way we can fill that God Shaped Hole is thru God himself (obviously). My ardent hope is that you will fill that God-Shaped hole inside your hearts only thru God and God alone. 🙂

I ended last week’s message with two verses:

Colossians 1:15

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Our purpose in life has been made known to us thru God’s one and only son: Jesus Christ. Back when sin destroyed our relationship with God, Jesus Christ came to restore our relationship in him. Jesus also came so that our purposes in God can be restored as well. He did say in John 10:10:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

If we want to experience the fullness of life and all its purposes, we can only find it thru Jesus Christ. To live life to the full, to live life the way that it was meant to be it all starts with a relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. 🙂

See you this Friday for the second part of our series: “The Voice” the title is “Battle Round” what’s this next pressing issue that students nowadays face? To find out come join us! 🙂

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