“For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:” (Acts 2:25).
Purpose is that one thing you were created to do and at which you must succeed, otherwise, nothing else you succeed at will count. Interestingly, studying the life of David marked a milestone in my understanding of purpose. I thought purpose was a career until I studied the life of David.
He was a shepherd, hunter, musician, soldier, king and prophet. I could totally relate to him because growing up I had different talents and abilities as well. Which of them was my purpose, I wondered. But studying him I quickly realized that the purpose of a man’s life can be answered by solving one simple question: What are the things you do that will count for eternity?
When it all comes down to it, what matters is what will count for eternity. One of the most important lessons we should not ignore about David is that his words were amongst the most quoted in the New Testament. While many prophets spoke about Jesus in types and shadows; a little here, a little there, David was as clear as could be.
Look at this powerful text, Acts 2:25-30. It is a long read, but very well worth it.
“For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.”
David lived hundreds of years before the book of Acts was written, but to him is accredited one of the most profound prophecies about the Messiah. He was a man of many gifts and talents, many positions and responsibilities, but his life was about what would count for eternity. What about you? What are you doing to make sure that those who come hundreds of years ahead of you hear about the gospel? What about the people in your generation, if it was up to you would they be taught the true message of the gospel?
The purpose of your life is to know Christ and to make him known. Live your life with this in mind.