Lately I have been thinking a lot about purpose.
Purpose by definition involves persistence, devotion, to an idea, a principal. An objective with goal in mind.
Specifically I have been thinking about my purpose. What objective am I persistently devoted to, and what is my goal in life?
Thoughts like these lead to the fundamental questions, “Who am I”, Why am I here” What is my purpose.
You know life’s “big questions.” How you answer them determines how you see the world and how you treat the world.
I know I am called to be a Christian, a follower of Christ ( I need to add a disclaimer here that being Christ like and a follower of Christ is a daily battle with my un-Christlike self)
That answers the “who am I” question.
If my goal is to follow Him, to imitate Him, then I need to see the world through His eyes, treat people like He would treat them.
This in turn answers “why am I here”.
All that remains then is “what is my purpose”?
What am I to do?
How do I do it?
As I was thinking through this I made a list of all the things that define purpose in my life.
I am a husband, father, grandfather, friend, co-worker, servant in my church, leader in ministry.
But what is my aim, what is the main purpose in the lives and arenas God has placed me?
And how do I fulfill that purpose?
Do I truly see through Jesus’s eyes, do I treat people as He would?
How do I avoid getting so caught up in the functions of the purpose, that I forget the purpose?
Someone once said ” we are created by God, for God” Another said “In Him we live and move and have our being” The idea would be since we are made for God, by God and everything we do or will be is because of Him, so our very lives all we do should bring worship and honor to Him. This passage of scripture in Romans 12:1-2 gives instruction on how this is done.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it”. The Message
Our purpose should be fixed, centered focused on one thing only. The desire of God’s heart. Working through to Him get His family back, letting the prodigals know they can come home.
I see a picture of this in a great celebration taking place in Revelations. The redeemed from all generations, from every nation, kindred, tribe and place gathered in the family reunion of all family reunions. God wants us to be a part of the preparations for that time to come, that is in fact already underway. Our purpose is to be the deliverers of this good news.
Welcome home there is a place for you!
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