The Power of Purpose

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

Many years ago, Reader’s Digest published an article on happiness. Researchers discovered people need several things if they would be happy. If they lacked any one of them, they could not expect to find happiness. Here are the three:

  • People need something to do.
    People who do not participate in meaningful activity soon grow weary from boredom.
  • People need someone to love.
    We see evidence of this need with the proliferation of online dating sites for people of all ages.
  • People need to have something to look forward to.
    Unless we can look ahead with anticipation, it’s hard to maintain a happy and healthy perspective on life.

As is often the case, the world discovered a partial truth. In fact, people do need these things in order to be happy. But in Christ we have all of these and more. He has provided us something to do: reach others. He has provided the body of Christ to serve with us. Finally, we have a cherished hope of eternal life that can lift every conceivable burden from our hearts as we look forward to everlasting life with Christ.

We need to pity people who lack a purpose for living. Many do lack purpose. They must somehow talk themselves out of bed each day and then force themselves to drive off to work or school. But they lack a reason for living. But God gives us a purpose so that others in turn can discover their God-given purpose.

In the passage above, God exalts us to the position of ambassador. We represent Him to others. We carry His message of hope and salvation. What an honor! An ambassador does not create the message, but he or she proclaims that message to a hurting world. Are we ready?

Application

  1. Pray for a renewed purpose of representing the Lord.
    God gave us a great calling of sharing His love to a world in need of Him.
  2. “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5).

  3. Pray for a faithful heart that will properly represent God.
    Many claim to represent God, but they proclaim either themselves or teach doctrine contrary to the Bible. We need to pray for faithful hearts that will accurately represent the Lord.

  4. Look for opportunities to share Christ.
    It’s easy to get caught up with the hustle and bustle of life. We attend to so many things. But our greatest purpose is to proclaim Christ. As we see and talk with people, look for ways to share the love of Christ. God can use us to make a might impact.

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