Don’t. Our lives are far too short to think, believe, or entertain the idea that our lives our without purpose. It simply is not true. If you know Christ, you have purpose. If follow God, you have purpose. We are never going to look like the world—and who said we had to? Beloved, we belong to a Great and Awesome God. We belong to Jesus. We can abide in the Vine.
I went for a walk the other day after “thinking” about my purpose. Were I to compare myself to the world or the people around me, I would be lost. A walk around the neighborhood did my soul and body good. Granted it didn’t happen in an instant, but the Holy Spirit did remind whose I am. I was made for Him. His command is simple. Love God; Love others; obey His word. This is my purpose—your purpose…our purpose. To be loved by God, to love God, to love others, and to follow His commands. This is not the way of the world. This is the Way of the Master. This is the narrow way. This is the choice each must make—choosing this day who we will follow.
12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
Something to consider for today is that we who know Christ will never look like the world, and we don’t have to—thank God for that. We are loved by Him. We are fully and solely His. You have purpose. And in living out every day of your life, you are living in purpose. A kind word to a co-worker—you’re sharing the kindness of God, a cup of cold water—you’re sharing the mercy of God; a prayer for someone in need—you’re sharing the grace of God; being inconvenienced momentarily to help someone in need—you are laying down your life like Jesus; sharing the hope that is within you in a world gone mad and desperately seeking an answer—you’re sharing the Salvation of God. In all you do, seek to glorify Him—in word, in deed, in action, in prayer. This is all He asks/requires of us.
So the next time you are wondering about your purpose, remember what Jesus said: love Him, love others, and follow his commands. He calls us friend when we do these things. Sure the world won’t like you, but at the end of all things, that won’t even matter.
Love the King. You are His delight—a chosen, treasured possession.