Friday, May 15, 2009

What's the Purpose

Quote: Some men will follow Christ on certain conditions--if He will not lead them through rough roads--if He will not enjoin them any painful tasks--if the sun and wind do not annoy them--if He will remit a part of His plan and order. But the true Christian, who has the spirit of Jesus, will say, as Ruth said to Naomi, "Whither thou goest I will go," whatever difficulties and dangers may be in the way. -RICHARD CECIL

You and I were not created to just get married, have children and a successful career, live a good life, then grow old and enjoy retirement. These are some of life’s blessings, but they are not our purpose. The problem with most of us is that we have taken life’s benefits and tried to make them our purpose. That would characterize most Americans today, including Christians and non-Christians alike. The pursuit of the “American Dream” is kind of like eating the side dishes and deserts before the main course at a meal; sure they taste good going down, but they aren’t very filling! When we make life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness our purpose in life, we will find that these things do not fulfill us, and will be very dissatisfied. So if the purpose of life is not marriage, success, happiness, or any other such thing, what is it? Our purpose is to find God’s perfect will for each of our lives and to do it. To put it another way, to be a well done, good and faithful servant for our Master.