To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father–to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:5b-6
Millions of people go through life wondering what their purpose in life is supposed to be. The age-old question of “why am I here?” is asked by people all over the earth, from every nation and age. They seek books and seminars to help them answer that question.
Some will answer that question with the thought that they are there to make money for themselves or for the children. Some will use their talents thinking their purpose is to entertain people. Purpose is often ‘found’ in building a business, politics, family, work, material things gained, or personal joy.
While many of these things may or may not be good, all of them are temporary, short-term purposes. These purposes are not the real reason a person is on this earth.
Man was created to live and work with God and to serve Him. When Adam and Eve sinned, bringing all of humanity down, God set into motion a plan to reverse the fall. Jesus was sent to remove all sin and restore mankind to who he was supposed to be.
Jesus saves people from their sins so that they may be a kingdom who serves God. That is the entire purpose of every person upon this earth–to serve God. In the process of serving God, one will love and serve others, building others up. They will no longer harm anyone, because they will turn away from all sin so that they may serve God.
Many believers will still ask the same question, but the answer is still the same–to serve God.
You may wonder what your purpose is and why you are here on this earth. As a believer in Jesus, your purpose is to serve God. To serve God means you will love Him with all of your heart and will be His witness to every person you meet.
Instead of asking what your purpose is, you can ask how can you serve God today. What can you do to be His kingdom and to build His kingdom?
Jesus died and rose again to free you from all sin so that you may serve God. That is your purpose on this earth. Are you serving Him?
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the purpose God has for you; that you will love and serve God with all of your abilities and heart; and that you will find your purpose in serving God.
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Jesus had just finished telling the people that He was going away soon to a place they cannot follow. Now He tells them that in order to really be one of His disciples they must hold on to His teaching. Doing this will allow them to know the truth and be set free.
Today the term of ‘disciple’ is not very commonly used, except in the church. It is a term of one who is learning from another to become like that person. A modern term that would be similar is an ‘apprentice’.
This term is used often in the workplaces. Many start out a job as an apprentice in the fields of electricians, plumbers, and construction workers. The worker needs to learn from the master worker how to correctly do the job.
As a believer in Jesus you must hold on to His teachings. That is you must listen to them, follow them and learn from them. Trust that Jesus knows His job and how to teach you to do the job correctly.
As you follow His teachings, you will then know the truth. Some of this truth you will learn is: you are a sinner, you cannot do it alone, you have no ability in yourself, God loves you, God gives you His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you, Jesus saves you and many more things.
Knowing the truth sets you free from the boundaries men put on you. It frees you from the condemnation you feel about what you have done wrong. It frees you from the fear of the unknown future. It frees you from past hurts and pains.
It gives you a reason to keep going forward. It gives you a reason to stay strong. It gives you a reason to love others. It gives you a reason to live life following Jesus.
Are you really being a disciple of Jesus? Are you holding on to His teachings? Are you allowing the truth to set you free?
I pray today that you will know and hold on to the teachings of Jesus; that you will learn from all that Jesus teaches; that you will allow His truth to set you free; that you will use His freedom to live for God; and that you will spread that truth to others around you.