“I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Galatians 2:20 (AMP)

The grand purpose of our lives as believers is to make Christ known. Every other thing we do is centered on this truth.

From our anchor scripture, we see Paul’s resolution to live for Christ based on a thorough understanding of what salvation fully entails. We see this explained in 2 Corinthians 5:15-19.

“He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people‚Äôs sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.”
2 Cor 5:15-19 (NLT)

(Don’t skip the verses, read them carefully).

Wow! This is very robust. Paul makes it clear how that our new lives have to be in total submission and consecration to God- who first gave Himself for us. In essence, we live for Him.

This begs the question- “How do I live for God?”

God’s will is for us to have faith in Jesus for salvation, grow in our knowledge of Him and help others do the same. This is the purpose for all of mankind.

Our purpose is beyond living moral lives, being sweet, nice and generous, making money and giving birth to cute children. We were bought with a price (the blood of Jesus) and given a new life for the purpose of reconciling others to God.

A good number of Nigerian mothers are known to have made use of the navy blue Danish cookies container to store tailoring utensils. Of course, children open the container expecting to see cookies but are greeted by needles and colorful threads. Just imagine the disappointment.

Now that’s how it feels when a created thing is used for the wrong purpose. It might serve the new function pretty well but it has failed in its primary assignment. If you fail to fulfil purpose but accomplish so many other things, it will all be a waste in the end.

Make no mistake about it- God would have you be successful in your chosen career or endeavor. In fact, your career helps to ensure that you are able to provide for your needs so that you can actually focus on and fulfil your purpose. Your career should propel, not distract or hinder you from purpose.

When it all comes down to it, make your life count for what really matters. Your career, no matter how rewarding it is, will only be recognized here on earth. The fulfilment of your purpose will speak for eternity.

Folks, we were chosen by Him for the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:4-5). Hence, we should live by faith in submission to His grand purpose. This is true success