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FROM THE PULPIT: The Bethlehem Church

Categories // LA Focus, From the Pulpit Wednesday, 07 June 2017

FROM THE PULPIT: The Bethlehem Church

Pastor Christopher Bourne

"It’s for the Cause"

Titus 1:4-5

You are here for a cause!

A cause is a purpose. It can be defined as a reason to take an action. It is a motivation to do something that will bring about a desired result.

There is purpose for you being right where you are! Some of you may be in the place of wondering why you’re where you are in this season. You may be asking: What’s God got for me in the place that I am? Why haven’t other things and plans come to pass in my life?

God is still working the purpose and plan He has for your life. No matter where you are or what you do, there is a cause if you are walking in the will of God. It is not by mistake or accident that you are on the job you’re in. It’s not by mistake that you are part of this church and ministry. There is a cause.

It’s not a mistake that you have the gifts and talents you have. It’s for a cause. The key for us is to find out the cause and the purpose of it.

The cause and the purpose of God in our lives is always bigger than we are. Have you noticed that the life of people who have made a major impact in your life is always bigger than themselves? They fulfill the cause/purpose. Look at Bishop TD Jakes. Check out the life of Oprah Winfrey. See the life of Bishop Charles Blake and any of our coaches and teachers who have impacted us positively, because they operated and functioned in their cause.

In the book of Titus, the Apostle Paul writes to his spiritual son, Titus. It’s interesting because Titus doesn’t have a lot of notoriety throughout the Bible. However, we know that Paul must’ve thought enough about him to call him a son and leave him on Crete Island for ministry.

Paul says in Titus 1:5: “for this cause left I thee in Crete”.

Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete had some Jews who had probably been converted by Paul’s preaching and others may have come into the faith earlier around the time of Pentecost. Whatever the case, Paul left Titus in Crete. It may have been the place where Titus was born/raised/live as some have suggested. It may have been that Paul left Titus there because Paul knew he could trust Titus in doctrine and in deeds.

Maybe you were left where you are for the cause. It’s not that God doesn’t love you—it’s for the cause. You got left there for purpose.

Maybe it wasn’t meant for you to get that promotion and leave, because the cause was not yet fulfilled. You’ve been trying to leave that marriage –but God has you in it for the cause. Stop trying to leave the plan and purpose of God and find out what the cause is.

Besides, you really don’t want to go against the purpose or cause God has set for your life—just ask Jonah. He deliberately went away from God’s purpose and ended up in the belly of a whale.

Some folk may be going through specific things right now, because they are going against God’s purpose for their lives—so they struggle.

Paul helped Titus to understand he was there for the cause. In essence, he was saying Titus, you are where you are to “set in order the things that are wanting.”

A godly cause has to have order. It appears from this that the apostle did not spend much time in Crete, and that he was obliged to leave it before he had got the Church properly organized.

Have you ever seen or been a part of something that was for God and it was unorganized? It’s a bad reflection of how our God would have us to operate. The word says in 1 Corinthians 14:40 – Let all things be done decently and in order!

Paul had trained, taught, instructed, prayed for and trusted Titus to do a great job in continuing the work of the Lord on Crete Island.

Have you ever considered that maybe God has you where you are to help build The Kingdom of God and help get things in order? But we can’t honestly do the church work and get it in order if we aren’t in order ourselves first. If you are living contrary to the word of God…If we have half a foot in and one and a half foot out. We must first give ourselves to the Lord.

In 2 Corinthians 8:5 Paul said, ‘And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord and unto us by the Will of God’.

Child of God, yes, I’m sure you want to fulfill all your dreams and goals, but it starts with fulfilling the cause and ministry of Jesus Christ for your life. Get it together with God first. Make sure Jesus is your Lord and Savior first! Too many people strive for the titles and success without having the Savior.

Lastly, you and I cannot fulfill God’s purpose and plan alone because the cause and plan of God is bigger than us. We need to get some help. We need helpers who have a love for God’s people—who are willing to learn and be instructed in the things of the Lord. People who will teach and train others to uphold the integrity of The Church

 Titus was to ordain elders. Nowadays, so many folk want to be called a bishop. However, there are some major qualifications with that office. The office requirements consist of: blameless, not overbearing, not quick tempered, lover of hospitality, sober, lover of good men, temperate, husband of one wife, not for dishonest gain, self controlled, and holy. (Many folk would be disqualified).

You may not be an elder or bishop, but you are saved and qualified to help for the cause. Some of those qualifications are: God-fearing, saved, sanctified, willing men and women who love the Lord and God’s people.

We need a few good men. We need some precious daughters of Zion. We need some anointed singers. We need some gracious greeters, because we are doing it for the cause. Jesus came and did all God instructed Him to do for the cause.

We are witnesses to carry on the work for the cause. The cause is Christ Jesus! Whatever He tells us to do, do it for the cause. When you do the cause, your family will be better. When you do the cause, your finances will be better. When you do the cause, your marriage will be better. Doing the cause will bless us in ministry.

Commit to the cause. Pray for the cause. Whatever Jesus says do, do it for the cause.

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