“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37.
Have you ever felt there must be something more like Moana did? Something beyond merely existing? There is. Take a laptop computer. A laptop makes our lives easier. It can solve complex equations, enable long distance communication, provide entertainment, and can control just about anything in the world when necessary. But what happens when the laptop sits in the bookcase and is never turned on. It is not serving any useful purpose.
But now imagine that same laptop with a soul, a self-consciousness.The laptop instinctively knows something is wrong; he has a purpose and he isn’t being used for that purpose. He wants to be used for the purpose he was created for.
Then one day somebody pulls him out of the bookcase, turns him on and starts creating some sophisticated Excel spreadsheets and Powerpoint slides to go along with the spreadsheets. Suddenly the lights come on. He knows what his purpose is, and although there will most likely be other uses, he now knows what he is meant for. He has a purpose. Fyodor Dostoyevsky said “The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
Proverbs 16:4 says, “The LORD has made everything for his own purposes…” God has never made anything without a purpose. He doesn’t just make stuff for no reason. God made you for His purpose. So what is my purpose?
I think that it’s important for us all to be reminded that we have a higher calling as followers of Jesus Christ, to live and love as He did; selflessly. We should show and give love and compassion with real passion. We should also do everything we do for the Glory of God and not our own. Most of us would agree with that, but it is far easier said than done. We would like to fulfill our purpose as we see it, at the same time we are fulfilling God’s purpose.
Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome in Romans 6:1-4: ”Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”
Each day we are given is another day to fulfill our purpose, a purpose found in Christ and Christ alone.
- In spite of all the advertising around us, how can we remind ourselves that life is really about living for God, not ourself?
- What can we do this week to start fulfilling our purpose in Christ this week?