A purpose greater than “my purpose”


What is your purpose?

I have been trying to figure out where the idea of “living your purpose” began in Christian circles. At face value it sounds good and is true because we are greatly loved  and cherished (not because we are lovable) seeing the sacrifice of the cross for a people not deserving such love (Romans 5:8, John 3:16). But going by the frailty of the human condition to steal God’s glory and be her own lord, I think this teaching can easily lose its meaning and even become dangerous to listen to.

So, what really is your purpose?

Yes we do have a purpose, and yes we were born for a reason but it is not so much because we are so special such that God’s plans would never flourish without us or as they say if we do not realise our purpose in life. God is sovereign and is glorified so much by our life and even by our death. We are created for his glory and so if we rob him that then whatever “purpose” we thought we had loses its meaning.

A greater purpose…

But here is a greater purpose if I may use that language; not that I am so special and need to realise it but that I have been called to something so special and a mission so important and urgent that I need to do everything in line with it. My purpose is not defined or tied to who I am in regard to my genes or skills and abilities but what I have become by receiving Jesus’ free offer of salvation; a child of God living in obedience to my master and saviour, Jesus.

Serving Jesus is my purpose

And so living as a Christian, I do not look unto myself and think too much of my abilities or that I have a purpose of my own apart from obeying Christ and serving others with the Gospel. Rather I look unto Christ and entirely depend on him to serve him and please him using whatever gifts he has given me as this is my duty in this life as I wait to give an account of it at the last day. As the Bible says; so you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ Luke 17:10. Therefore my duty and purpose is the duty of every other Christians; to obey and serve Jesus.


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