“Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith.”
Philippians 1:25 (NLT)

At one point in your life, you asked yourself this existential question, “why am I alive?” You might even be in that phase right now. Virtually every school of thought agrees that we all have a purpose for our existence, they, however, are not clear on how to find it or what it should be.

Paul in our anchor scripture seemed to have figured out the answer to the question on purpose. He knew exactly why he was alive. This was why he was so confident at the time he was to die, and He could boldly tell Timothy a crown was awaiting him after his death (2 Timothy 4:6-8). If he could know his purpose, you can too.

What is the purpose? The purpose is that one thing you were created for at which you must succeed, else any other thing you succeed at will not count.

With this definition, it means your purpose must matter to God (your creator). This automatically rules out anything that does not matter in eternity, where God dwells. Your purpose cannot be your career, making money or getting married, these things are important, but they don’t of themselves carry eternal significance.

There is one thing the Bible states expressly that concerns God, the salvation of men:

“This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:3‭-‬4 NLT

Turns out you have the same purpose Paul had. You are alive to know God and have a relationship with him, also to bring other people to the knowledge of Him. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 puts it this way:

“… 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’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
2 Corinthians 5:18‭-‬20 NLT

This is why you should pray, study, fellowship with other believers, and attend a good church so you can know God better. This is also why you should evangelize, give to the gospel and disciple others so you can make God known.

Does this mean we shouldn’t have careers, make money or get married? Of course not! It just means this is not all there is to our lives. We pursue excellence in our careers, seek durable riches, and have godly homes because they position us better to reach more men for God.

Assess your life today. Are you living on purpose? It’s never too late to start.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 17:11-19, 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Proverbs 11:16-31, Nehemiah 7

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