And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again”
I once saw a light bulb that could make music. It was such a beautiful piece of work that I have never forgotten how it looked although it was many years ago. But imagine if that bulb could do everything but illuminate. Imagine that it didn’t have the ability to create light. It wouldn’t be fulfilling its purpose as a light bulb would it? It wouldn’t matter what else it had the ability to do. It would have failed as a light bulb. This is an analogy I like to use when talking about purpose. So many people spend a lot of time worrying and praying about their purpose.
But it is very simply really. Let’s start with a proper definition of purpose. Purpose is that one thing for which you were created and at which you must succeed otherwise nothing else you succeed it at will count. This implies that you might be the best lawyer, doctor, engineer, wife, husband, mother or father, but you haven’t fulfilled purpose if you don’t fulfil the reason for which you were created. So why were you created? Why are you alive today? The best way to answer that question is to ask yourself another question: What will God ask me on the last day? He isn’t going to care that you had two children instead of five or two cars instead of ten. There are two things that would be most important to him: Did you know him and did you cause others to know him?
2Co 5:15 says: “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
That is the purpose of your life: to know Christ and to make him known. So you see that a Christian is not just someone who believes that Jesus died for him, but someone who henceforth would begin to live for Jesus.
You must have the henceforth moment in your life, when you decide to live for Christ, where you decide to make His ambition your ambitions, where you make your aim His aim. So what is God’s ambition? Mat 28:19-2o says: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Evangelism and discipleship must be top-most on your mind because they are top-most on God’s mind. Evangelism is not a side talk, it is the talk. Henceforth, be intentional about leading others to Christ because that is the chief aim of your life.