“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
Although I would argue there is a third most important day, the day you are born again, this quote reflects the deep need placed in us by God to have a life of purpose. We all want to be able to look back over our lives and see that our life had meaning, and that we did something significant. That’s God’s desire for us too.
During our message this week we talked about God’s purpose for our lives. I wanted to revisit the way it looks in 2017 to live a life a purpose. We often push down the road living a life of purpose until the stars align and we can devote our whole lives to doing that thing. These are the people we celebrate most often. The ones who leave everything behind to chase their passions and change the world. This isn’t most of us though. And even the people that do this, didn’t start there.
I want to encourage us all to find purpose in our place. Wherever we are now, whatever our place is now, there is a life of purpose to be lived there. We don’t have to wait to get through the season we’re in to finally make a difference in the world. Wherever we are, we can live with purpose.
Let’s flesh this out. As a Christian, every place we are in is our mission field. We can go to work with purpose. We don’t go exchange hours for money, we bring the kingdom of God to our workplace. We don’t just go to church on Sunday to fulfill a duty, we bring our gifts and talents and partner with the rest of our family to make a difference in people’s lives. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we remember our higher purpose. If you’ve got a pastoral gift, help care for the people at your job, your class, your gym, and your church. If your gift is financial planning, help people see the purpose of God for their finances. If your gift is working with kids, take a Tuesday night and send a Mom to the movies, show your third grade class the unconditional love of God on a daily basis, or serve on our United Kids team and share Jesus with the next generation in a local church scenario.
There are so many different gifts I can’t cover them all, but I want you to see that its not where we are that determines if our life has purpose, its have we found purpose in our place?
Because at the end of the day, “the world” is just a bunch of people. If we want to change the world, it starts and ends with people. If you want to change the world, if you want to make a difference, help people. Take your gifts and talents and use them to help people. Our ultimate purpose is to establish the Glory of God throughout the world by building His kingdom here. That is built brick by brick, person by person experiencing God through His people. Wherever you are, bring your purpose to your place. Then, when you look back over your life, you’ll see a path marked with people’s lives being impacted by the power of Jesus through your faithfulness in every place you walk.