Life on purpose
What if you lived your entire life, but never discovered your true purpose?
I was talking to a friend this past week, whom I had not seen in quite a while, and he told me of his grandfather’s recent passing. He had lived a long and full life, and had been very active even into his 90’s. I relayed to him how joyful I was in learning that his grandfather had come to trust in Jesus before his death, and ask him how long he had been serving the Lord. His answer caught my attention because my friend’s heart was truly revealed in his reply. With a sad look on his face he said, “He didn’t really serve God, he most likely never led one single person to the Lord and that’s not good.”
It became obvious to me during that brief discussion that my friend really understands what is most important about life; influencing others for Jesus Christ. He has discovered his purpose which produces a great passion for life.
I began to think about my purpose, as well as the purpose of others. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Life brings with it a pretty long list of responsibilities, which if we aren’t careful can cause us to overlook our true purpose. I talk with folks very often who have lost their passion for life and who are currently just barely surviving. These, more often than not, have lost sight of their God given purpose. They are now living life only for themselves and have become very miserable souls.
The greatest joy in life will be found in helping others. Especially, helping others discover that God loves them and has a purpose for their lives.
You are not an accident and you have been given a purpose. God loves you and has an amazing plan for your life. No matter how your life has been lived up until this day, it’s not too late to become a light for someone else to follow. The Apostle Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”
Yield your life to Christ and allow His purpose to be revealed in you. You will discover a new passion for life and He will empower you to touch others with His amazing grace. Just begin by asking God to guide you and then look for ways to help others. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much fun life is when your doing your best to live in the plan of God.
Rev. Josh Vanhook is pastor of Word of Life Church at Mt. Gay and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.