God's word in today's world

Life with a mission


Ephesians 5:6-18

What is your purpose on earth? Why do you think God chose you to be here on earth now? Just sit still for a while and see if you can get an answer to this question and write it down.

Many people don’t know why they’re on earth. I think most people want to fulfill their own purpose. Everybody wants to be successful. For most people a roof over their heads, food in their tummies and some good luck are sufficient. And there’s nothing wrong with that. We must have something to live for. Even the Bible is serious about this: 17Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.

We don’t even realize it as if we are gobbled up bit by bit by unnecessary things. Take social networks for example. I did some research among Crossroad readers and asked how many were active on social networks. Only 9% indicated that they were not.

In the next question they were asked how regularly they were active on social networks. The response was: 4% hourly, 60% daily and 25% weekly. How much time do you spend on things that don’t really add value to your life and the lives of others around you? Sometimes our time is gobbled up by what is happening to other people that we do not even get around to doing our own work.

No wonder some businesses block their employees from going onto social networks during working hours.

So many people out there drift around aimlessly. They go where the wind blows them. In the beginning the freedom is nice, but before long they are overcome with feelings of uselessness. Depression may even develop when you drift through life without a purpose. God created us with the will to strive for something, to become someone special one day.

Therefore it is important that we know what our purpose on earth is. But even more, we must make sure that our idea and God’s idea meet somewhere. We must make sure that we’re moving towards the same point, the point that God had in mind when He created us.

I suspect we all have the same purpose here and that is to make a change where we work, play and live. As easy as that. No, we don’t have to roll up our mat and go and proclaim God’s Word in some distant country. God chose special envoys to do that. God’s purpose for us ordinary people in the street is simply to make a difference wherever we go.

Maybe it is to listen to someone who needs someone to talk to. Maybe to go and buy food for someone. Maybe to spend some time with someone – and not necessarily outside our families. God’s purpose for our lives does indeed start right there in our families and existing relationships, where it may sometimes be harder to begin.

There is nothing wrong with being driven to make a success of your life. There is nothing wrong with having a picture of the future where you reach the top in your job or business. There is nothing wrong with having a nice car or a beautiful wardrobe. As long as it is in line with God’s purpose for our lives. We should not choose our purpose AT THE COST OF God’s purpose for our lives.

Make sure what God’s specific purpose for your life is and do it. Live it every day together with your purpose. Reach for God while reaching for the stars and make God’s purpose for your life your purpose too. Real joy will flow from you.

Reflection

What is God’s purpose for your life?

What is your purpose for your life?

Are you reaching for God while you’re reaching for the stars?

Prayer

Lord, I want to live a life with meaning. I don’t want to live only for myself. Open my eyes for the needs of others. You give me more than enough so that I can give to those in need. Amen

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