Purpose is a funny thing. To most, it seems to be life’s unanswerable question - “What is the purpose of life?” As believers, we can find an immense amount of joy in knowing the answer to that question without doubt.
Our life’s purpose is to glorify God: to know Him and to make His name known.
As believers, we understand that our purpose, while we walk this Earth, is outside of ourselves. We can find peace in knowing that we’ve found the answer to this ever-looming question, and even more peace in knowing that nothing we can do can hinder us from fulfilling this calling. Every failure and every victory can be used by the Lord for His glory - He is that powerful and awesome!
Oftentimes, though, it is easy to misdirect glory. We are a proud race. We waste hours and hours despairing over whether or not we are following the right paths, chasing the right dreams, working the best jobs or living our best life. We lose focus of the big picture and try to pick up the leftover pieces of God’s glory for ourselves. We try to dismiss ourselves from our purpose because we view ourselves as unworthy of participating. We forget what an honor it is that God has chosen us to be instruments of His glory and that He knows how to, and will, use us even when we feel broken.
In Matthew 11, Jesus tells His followers to come to Him and find rest. He promises that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Later on in Matthew, Jesus commissions His followers to go and make disciples - something that may seem like a daunting task, but one that can be achieved through the power of Jesus. Jesus gives us the opportunity to be a part of a bigger plan - a plan that was set in motion at the beginning of time.
We were formed in the womb to be servants of Christ (Isaiah 49) and He will become the strength we need in any situation. We were chosen, not because of anything we have done, but “because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ before the ages began.” (2 Tim 1:9)
Friend, take comfort in knowing the freedom and identity that comes with being a vessel for Christ and His Gospel message. Rejoice in your purpose and know that you are chosen - your life is a beautiful depiction of the Lord’s work and His glory. He is going to use you no matter what. May you find ways to further His Kingdom and know Him more and more every day and rest in your purpose.