What is your life purpose? This isn’t a self-help or live your dreams type of article. As a follower of Jesus, your life purpose should be self-evident, but for too many it is not. The tendency is for our days to pass without much conscious or intentional thought about living for Jesus. We fall into our schedules and routines far too casually and comfortably. Jesus is – at best – left watching from the sidelines.
This isn’t how it should be and it must stop. We can’t spend our lives living for ourselves and expect to spend eternity living with Christ. Our lives must be different from those around us. And this must start now.
We spend too many of our days as frauds and liars. We tell God and our friends Jesus is the Lord of our lives, the most important thing. But we live like everyone else. We pursue the same status, acquire the same possessions, and focus on ourselves far more often than we do on Christ. Is it any wonder Jesus said many will come to Him when they die acting like they know Him, but He will turn away from the obvious stranger at His doorstep (Matthew 7:22-23). This is terrifying and heartbreaking and it doesn’t need to end this way for us.
The breaths gifted to us in this world are to be spent practicing and preparing for spending eternity with God. This is our warm up session. How we live on earth materially impacts how we will spend eternity. Salvation is not something we will earn by our actions in this life, but proof of our salvation will be demonstrated by our actions. If you know Jesus, really know Him, you will desperately pursue Him. This is our Creator. This is our God. This is the One who willingly died an atrocious and gruesome death just for you. Devoting your life to someone such as this cannot be done casually. The enormity of His love demands an enormous response.
We don’t deserve what Christ did for us. He doesn’t deserve what we do to Him. Every time we behave selfishly, we spit in the face of God. We promised to put Him first but continually deny Him with our choices. How can we believe this is okay? How can we assume our duplicity will be without consequence in the eyes of a just and jealous God? He loves you, but He will not share your devotion with anyone or anything else.
Your life purpose is the same as mine; to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength (Luke 10:25-28). It is to love others as much as we love ourselves, to treat them as if they were God Himself (Hebrews 13:2; Matthew 25:31-46). You can’t do this and live the American dream at the same time. You can’t serve God and live life selfishly looking out for yourself. Everything you know must change. Everything you are must die. It is all about Jesus and nothing else. This is your life purpose.