It’s a question many ask…an answer many pursue…and some give up seeking. The Bible is the guide book that helps us find the answer and live on purpose!
The New Testament tells us that God created good works for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). The Prophet Jeremiah tells us that God intends good for us in His plans (Jeremiah 29:11). Colossians 1:27 helps us tie those together as we read of a grand mystery described as:
” …Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Jesus Christ in me is the key to knowing my purpose and living in the light of glory. It is His life in me that can walk in those good works the Father created for me to do. It is His life in me that produces the good plans of God spoken of by Jeremiah. My purpose about the life of Jesus that now pulses in me—and we’ll see that life is about others and the Father!
Jesus knew and lived His purpose. He came to do the will of the Father. He came to destroy the work of the enemy that separated the ‘very good creation of humanity’ from the Father. He came because the Father loved the rebellious creation He made…He loved the ones who rejected Him and found themselves lost.
Announcing his ministry, Jesus quoted the Prophet Isaiah:
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3.
There are powerful truths fortifying Christ’s announcement of His ministry…powerful truths that remain truth for the life of Christ within me.
The LORD, Jehovah, the Great I am, consecrated Jesus as a messenger of good—fresh, full—tidings to those with a heart ready to receive it. Christ’s purpose was specific in action and in audience.
Christ’s messages were for those:
- able to hear – those with a poverty of spirit that comes from broken-ness;
- those drawn away from the Father;
- those mourning the loss of that connection.
While salvation is available to ‘whosoever will, not everyone is ready to receive the Word. Jesus never wasted time forcing His message on those not ready to hear. In announcing His ministry, Jesus explained the Father sent Him out…the word choices imply the Father sowed Him like a seed. Jesus saw His purpose as being the vessel the Father used to reach out to a lost and dying world.
Christ in me is still on mission.
Are His purposes being realized in your life?
Knowing Christ’s purpose is the key to knowing and living your purpose!
Want to know more about those purposes? Check out: Christ in Me – Living my Purpose.