“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 NKJV
Have you ever had difficulty picking a course of study? Many people, in the bid to help, advise students to take some personality tests to find out their purpose and know what career path to take.
For a long time, we have erroneously believed that we can discover purpose by merely looking within or from a career or profession. While a personality test may help you determine what career path you would thrive in, it is far from helping you discover purpose.
We must first understand that the purpose of creation can only be determined by the creator, who created it for a specific purpose. That is why many devices come with a user manual by the manufacturer to guide its user on its use.
In the same vein, if God created you with a purpose, He alone and nothing else should determine what that purpose is. Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, gives us an insight into what God’s purpose for our lives is.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT
In our anchor scripture, we see what purpose meant for Apostle Paul. It was what and who he lived for, which was Christ. He did not see anything else worth living for, such that death would have been gained to him.
Similarly, Apostle Peter gives us our pedigree in Christ to emphasize why we were chosen in Him.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
Dear believer, God created and saved you for a purpose. If God’s goal is to have all men saved (1 Timothy 2:4), He has saved you to propagate that cause (2 Corinthians 5:15).
Like Apostle Paul said, your life should be lived for Christ. Your purpose is to know Christ and make Him known. This is a divine mandate to every believer. You must make up your mind to fulfill it.
Your life is not your own and you shouldn’t live it as such. Make up your mind to embrace this mandate today. Choose to live your life for the One who died for you.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 19:11-27, Titus 2:1-10, Proverbs 15:1-17, Esther 1