What is my Purpose in Life as a Christian?
God has called us to specific purposes in our life. Without answering his call, we will always remain unfulfilled.
We are looking at how Jesus, through His death, accomplished and fulfilled all five purposes that God laid upon our life. When Jesus died, he fulfilled every purpose for the church and believer.
- Worship – To love your God your Lord with all your heart.
- Ministry – To love your neighbour as you love yourself. To serve God and others.
- Discipleship – To teach everyone what it means to become like Christ.
- Fellowship – To bring everyone into God’s family.
- Evangelism – To share our mission with others; to let the world know that God’s arms are open; to tell our story, and to tell of the goodness, reconciliation and grace of God.
This is becoming like Christ, the follower-ship of Christ – obedience. Disciplined, habit- living.
Luke 9:51 He set his face like a flint, towards Jerusalem.
Jesus was determined to obey God, and do His will. As he got closer to the cross, he went to the garden of Gethsemane an hour before. And there, as he cried out, his sweat turned to blood, and his prayers were that God would have His way. That God’s will be done, no matter how hard the cup was. Jesus was determined to obey his father.
He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8)
Finally, when he got to the cross, He could say, “It is finished. Father, I have glorified you on earth now glorify me in heaven with the glory I had when I was with you.” That commitment to obedience, the completion of the task, is discipleship. And Jesus exemplified it all the way to his last breath. Jesus will never ask us to do anything he is not willing to do himself.
In his discipleship, Jesus taught us what obedience really is. Determine, in your heart, whether your life is like Christ. Are you as determined to live and die for Jesus? Are you as determined to obey Christ the way Jesus obeyed God to the point of death?
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
When God stepped down in human form, his aim and goal wasn’t to lord over, it wasn’t to subdue and overpower but to serve, and in fact, go the distance to give His life as a ransom for many. The greatest service any friend will give is to lay down his life. The greatest sacrifice is when we give who we are and what we have for those we love.
The Lord Jesus did that for us.
At that moment when He died, He gave the greatest ministry of service; the greatest gift of himself, of oneself, to humankind.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” In His death, the Lord Jesus served with His life.
The apostle Paul says to the church in Philippi,
Philippians 3:10 – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death.
The Lord Jesus involved us in his death, not as a punishment for our sin, but rather, as we fellowship with him in his sufferings, we will also glory with him in his life and resurrection.
Because He lives, we will also live (John 14:19).
It is very clear that the Lord Jesus wanted to share both his death and resurrection with us. In bringing us into himself; as we identify with the Jesus who went to the cross and died, and we say, ‘that’s my Jesus, my saviour’, we identify with him in his suffering. Those who hated him will hate us. Those who scorned him will scorn us. As we identify with what he died to – our sin – and as we are willing to suffer with him, we will also rise with him. For those who have suffered with him will also see the resurrection of God being conformed to his death. Paul says, that I may know him and the power of his resurrection.
Fellowship is belonging to Christ and bringing others into that belonging. So that in that belonging and union with Christ, we partner with him and we share, not just his suffering, but also his glory. And He will be glorified forever. We would share his glory forever.
All worship rises from an altar. Without an altar, there is no worship, not from this world or this earth. From the fourth generation of Adam, men began to call on the Lord, as they set up altars of worship. With every sacrifice, and the aroma of that sacrifice going up to heaven, God was pleased not with death, but with sacrifice. Eventually, he would see all that as the reflection of the one true sacrifice; the one who gave himself for us.
Hebrews 10:5 – “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me.
1 Cor 11:24 – “this is my body, which is broken for you: do this in remembrance of me.” Jesus gave up his body.
Jesus took on human flesh to suffer and to give himself up for us. That is worship.
Worship is not far from sacrifice and sacrifice results in worship. It is not the praise of our lips alone, it is not singing and fireworks, it is sacrifice.
As Jesus died on the cross, as He gave his life on that greatest altar, that was the greatest anthem of praise and worship to a God who is holy & just. That’s why Paul could say, to the Romans, “Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” (Romans 12:1)
So Jesus presented his body, and He set an example, in his death, of what it means for worship to rise from an altar.
The Lord Jesus, in his death, gave up his life as a ransom for many.
John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
The Good News of Jesus’ death, on Good Friday, is that Jesus covered our sin. The Good News of Easter, is that Jesus rose again, conquering both sin and death. We are conquerors forever; because He lives, we live. Because He lives, we can face the uncertain future.
Evangelism is the declaration and proclamation of the Good News that Christ died for all. Christ died for the ungodly and He rose again for the church, for those who would believe, to make permanent, the salvation of those who believe. As he rose from the dead, conquering death, sin and suffering, he rose to victory, was lifted up and restored to his former glory in heaven. As he left, he commissioned over 500 disciples saying to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15) It is in the heartbeat of every true follower of Christ, of every Christian, to tell everyone that Jesus died and rose again for them, To tell them that without Jesus there is no future but with him there is eternal joy and peace awaiting us after death.
Because He lives, we can face tomorrow. Because he lives, all fear is gone.