I believe everything in this world has a purpose because God designed it that way. That means every mosquito, every rock, every day has a purpose. More importantly for us, that means that each of us has a purpose. In fact, because we are God's children, made in God's image we have five purposes for our lives. We've spent the last few weeks looking at four of these. They include worship – that is, getting to know and love God; fellowship – getting to know and love other people; becoming like Christ – developing the attitudes and behaviour of Jesus; and serving others by using our SHAPE – spiritual gifts, heart (passion), abilities, personality and experiences. If you have missed any of these sermons and fully want to understand your purposes, you can still find them on our website.
For three weeks running, Elvis Presley's greatest hits album was number one in North America 25 years after he had died! In spite of enormous success Elvis was, according to friends, an unfulfilled and unhappy man. He died of complications from obesity and drug dependency at the age of 42. In an interview with his ex-wife Priscilla, she said that “Elvis felt like he was here to do something: to serve, to preach, to save...to do something with his life, but he just couldn't quite figure it out.” I hope none of us makes that mistake.