(This is the fourth in a series of blog posts inspired by The Chosen, a multi-season series about the life of Jesus and His followers. Each post will highlight a quote sourced from Season 1. Previous posts include:
- Chosen Reflections: I Have Called You By Name
- Chosen Reflections: The Difference
- Chosen Reflections: Provision
Do you know your purpose in life?
In the third episode of season one of The Chosen, Jesus spent time teaching a group of young children. When they asked about His job as a craftsman, He told them, “Everyone has a much larger job than just their trade.”
Setting aside your occupation or career, do you know what your “larger job” is? Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t simply take people to heaven immediately after they receive the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ? Why does He leave us here?
These questions have been answered in a variety of ways through the centuries. More than 350 years ago, the Westminster Shorter Catechism was written in a Q & A format and the first entry is:
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.
Glorifying God is a theme in Scripture. Biblical support for this includes:
- Isaiah 43:7, “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (ESV).
- 1 Corinthians 6:20, “Glorify God in your body.”
- 1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV), “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
If you’re still not sure about your purpose, here are other suggestions, also taken from Scripture:
- We’re to share the gospel, discipling and baptizing new believers across national boundaries (Matthew 28:19).
- We’re to bear fruit for Christ (John 15:16). What is this fruit? Some say it’s new believers resulting from sharing the gospel. Others believe it’s the fruit of the Holy Spirit, identified in Galatians 5:22-23): “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
- Ecclesiastes 12:13, “fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.”
And yet another jam-packed passage is Philippians 2:1-4 (ESV):
“If there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
So the next time you and I find ourselves wondering about our purpose, we can start with these verses. They’ll keep us busy for a while!
What other Bible verses can you find to add to this list?