Friday, December 11, 2015

Purpose, Meaning, Holiness & Focus – Part 2

Michael asks: Is your “purpose” defined by your worldly credentials, material prosperity, accomplishments, and/or the praise of men?  According to Ecclesiastes, these are all vanities of vanities.  All are meaningless and all are emptiness. These “worldly purposes” will come to naught, nil, nada, nothing, zilch, zip, zero … for the things of this earth are temporal. They are here today and gone tomorrow. According to Matthew 6, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth where moth and rust doth corrupt, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Our spiritual treasure allows us to know the Lord and to spend time in His presence. He has called us to walk in fellowship with Him and with our band of brothers and sisters in Christ, committed to the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the significance of His crucifixion, resurrection, and His soon return. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. For in Him we live and move and have our being. 

Our “purpose”, when we give ourselves to Jesus Christ, is to bring many sons and daughters of God into God’s glory, and that God’s glory will be manifest in our mortal flesh. That we will be the message of God in Christ, in us the hope of glory. The “purpose” of a man and woman of God is that we who were dead in trespasses and sins have been made righteous because of the sinless sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sin on our behalf. For he who knew no sin was made the perfect sin sacrifice on our behalf, that we may be made the righteousness of God in him.  Our “purpose” is to be in the middle of the will of God. It doesn’t matter where we are or what we do, as long as we abide in Him and He in us. For I was crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ dwelleth in me, and the life that I now live I live by faith in the one who loved me and  gave himself for me – Galatians 2:20

What is the significance of our lives?  Our “purpose”, our “value”, and our “significance” is Jesus Christ Himself…  He is the way, the truth, and the life.  Our significance and value is not in “who we are” but in “whose we are”. According to Ephesians 4:1-3, “Therefore… walk worthy of the calling wherewith we have been called; with all lowliness of mind, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.”  As Ecclesiastes 12:13 says, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear (lovingly reverence, respect, and honor) God, and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

May God richly bless you.
Your brother in Christ,


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