30 Mar Living with Purpose
I believe that we are all born with a desire to be more in life.
That isn’t a major revelation but it is something we all crave as men and women. Whether we are 18 or 80 we have a desire to be better, live larger and leave a legacy.
For many of us, our desires become buried under bills, piled under stress, or paralyzed by our past or even the fear of our future. Life has a way of sucking significance out of us and leaving us to live lives that want more, seeing the possibilities but never able to reach them.
I don’t confess to have all the answers to life’s questions or the solutions to man’s deepest longings but I believe the bible does.
Philippians 3 speaks to THE goal of life. Paul writes to the core of who we are as people, children of God and to the hope of walking into our future in strength, purpose and power!
He addresses the fact that no matter what we have attained in life, and some of us have attained great heights as many of us have experienced great lows in our years, but regardless of what we have experienced it is worthless in light of knowing Jesus!
To know Jesus is the beginning of living a significant life! Knowing Him in light of who He is.
The more time we spend with Jesus the better we know Him. The better we know Him, the more we walk in His power and live lives of significance.
What a challenge!
We can never know Jesus fully. Paul didn’t! We cannot compare ourselves to people in the bible. We cannot compare ourselves to people behind a pulpit. We cannot compare ourselves to people who aren’t living lives convinced that Jesus is Lord! We cannot compare ourselves to anyone!!
We live significant lives based on what God has called us to individually. Meaning we are each responsible to God and ourselves based on what He has said about our own lives.
We can, in freedom, leave behind the expectations of others and ourselves. Instead we grab a hold of the thing that Jesus has grabbed a hold of us for: authentic relationship with Him!
True significance requires an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ!
Authentic relationship with Jesus begins at the cross but carries on into faithful and fruitful time spent with Him. Some worship, others read the bible and find that place. We all have our own ways. The key is to find it and keep it at all cost! Like any relationship, time spent and patience is key. The Lord loves us and cares for and about us more than we can imagine. His desire is for us to know Him and for us to make Him known.
That is our true upward call and what we press on to obtain to live with purpose.