Do you ever wonder...especially as you grow older - "What Is My Purpose in Life?". I remember listening to a sermon and I have my notes and in this sermon, the Pastor said, "there is one core purpose for every believer of Jesus Christ and our specific callings are gathered in a single purpose and if we MISS that purpose then all our desires, our hopes and dreams are in vain."
John 15:16 - "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit - fruit that will last and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you."
Our purpose in life is to go out and bear fruit. That does not mean winning the souls of men. It means being Christ-Like. It means reflecting the like-ness of Christ. Growing more and more into the likeness of Jesus should be our core purpose in life.
How do we bear fruit?
Bearing Fruit starts in the way we treat others. We fulfil our purpose as we begin to love others the way that Christ loves us.
John 15:19 - "If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you."
Where should unconditional love begin?
Firstly, love should begin in our homes. If you are married, love is how you treat your husband/wife and your children. If you are single, how do you treat your parents, your roommates, your friends, fellow Christians?
You can evangelise all you want, you can attend church week after week, you can sing and worship in Church but on that faithful day when the Lord comes and you have to testify before men and God, what can you spouse say about you? What sort of life do you lead in your home?
The Pastor also said, "I wish every couple who enjoys a Christ-Centred marriage would rise up and tell the truth. That marriage is a day by day effort. In the same way your Christian life is a day by day effort. It is like the way of the Cross. It means giving up your rights daily. Satan is set on destroying your home - so he will constantly bring trials.
Secondly, love is how you treat people outside of your home. How do you treat your enemies? Those that hate you for no reason. Those that cannot love you and aren't capable of loving you. We can't do this by our own strength, it is through the strength of the Holy Spirit.
John 17:26 - "I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them"
The whole point of finding your purpose is evaluating your heart. What is the condition of your heart? In Romans 8:28 - "And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to his purpose."
Our purpose is not to be successful, to be free from issues and troubles and trials, to be special, to make it in life, to be billionaires. Despite Churches having 'How-To' conferences on 'How to Defeat Loneliness', 'How to Defeat Depression' etc - we are called to be fruitful in the likeness of Christ. That means dying to yourself daily and loving people.