JustPurpose

WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?

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In his book, First Things First, Stephen Covey wrote about how Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychologist who survived the death camps of Nazi Germany made a startling discovery about why some people survived the horrible conditions and some did not. After considering several factors – health, vitality, family structure, intelligence, survival skills, Frankl concluded that none of these factors was primarily responsible for most people’s survival. The single most significant factor, he realized, was a sense of future vision – “the impelling conviction of those who were to survive that they had a mission to perform, some important work left to do.”

I think we all will agree that man’s greatest desire is to matter. Deep in our hearts, all that we want and which we so diligently work for is to keep our heads high, having something to be enthusiastic about and knowing that we are living for a purpose greater than ourselves. Invariably, the greatest question man will ever ask is this, “what on earth am I for?”

Now, for about five years, it has been my life work to help people find answers to their questions about purpose and potential. I have met people who make a lot of money yet are so poor because they don’t know why they are on earth. Conversely, I have met people who are not materially rich but who derive a lot of pleasure from living because they have found God and know why He put them here. In these five years, I have found that the most important thing about life isn’t what you have but who you are and who or what you are living for. So, life’s greatest discovery is the discovery of purpose and its greatest achievement is the fulfillment of purpose. There is a greater tragedy in living than in death when purpose is taken out of the picture of life.

The words of Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:10 are my most favourite words in the Scriptures. The Apostle says, “In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.” I believe this points to the fact that God created us to live for His purposes and we are being recreated in Christ so we can be able to deliver our life assignments. God has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. (2 Timothy 1:9). Our lives matter because we have a purpose in God that must be discovered and fulfilled to the glory of God and for the betterment of humanity.

This platform was created to help you understand why you are here and maximise your potentials in the pursuit of that purpose and in the next four weeks, I’ll be hosting four amazing individuals who have been of tremendous blessing to my life and work. These people will be sharing their understandings about the issue of purpose and how they believe purpose can be found and fulfilled. They will be providing practical insights to help you navigate the murky waters of purposelessness and find your way into the life of purpose and impact you deserve.

Would you make it a date with us every Saturday as we embark on this journey of discovery, empowerment and impartation? You too can join the conversation. Feel free to ask questions and invite your friends to be blessed as well.

You matter to me always.

I call you blessed!

 

JustPurpose

The Living Thief

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The story is told of a man who was asked, “Are you a believer in the Christian religion?”

“Oh, certainly!”

“You are a member of some church, then, I suppose?”

“Member of a church? No, indeed. Why should I be a member of a church? It is quite unnecessary; the dying thief wasn’t a member of a church, and he went to Heaven.”

“But of course you have been baptized; you know the command—”

“Been baptized? Oh, no; that is another needless ceremony! I am as safe as the dying thief was, and he never was baptized.”

“But surely, since you will not join a church or be baptized, you will do something in acknowledgment of your faith. You will give of your means—you will help the cause in some way?”

“No, sir; I do nothing of the kind. The dying thief—”

“Let me remark, my friend, before you go any further, that you seem to be on pretty intimate terms with the dying thief. You seem to derive a great deal of consolation from his career. But, mind you, there is one important difference between you and him. He was a dying thief—and you are a living one.”[1]

Apostle Paul writing to the Romans instructed that no debt be owed except the debt of love. I believe what this means is that by virtue of the sacrifice of Jesus for us on the cross, we become debtors of forgiveness. We now owe a duty to love like Christ loves. We must now bear the yoke of living out our role in God’s global plan without any selfish interests and empty ambitions.

American essayist, lecturer, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson once quipped that “the purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” I agree. There must be more to life than to just eat and drink. If this is not so, how can we claim to be different from animals and those who have crossed into the world of the dead?

So this week, I want to challenge you to think about why you are here. How will you make a difference with your lifetime? What will you be known for? What will be your unique contribution to the advancement of God’s Kingdom on this side of eternity? What will you do with all your limitless potentials? Will you lay hold of that for which Christ has laid hold of you? Will you be useful, honourable and compassionate or will you be another living thief?

Blessed? Let me hear your thoughts. Leave a comment.

You matter to me always.

[1] Source: The Sword and the Trowel, Charles Spurgeon.