by Jonathan Haefs
How does one define the purpose of their life?
Life can often seem so pointless. Like you are just going through mundane day after mundane day with no real direction or eternal significance. How do remind ourselves of why we are here?
I have found Paul’s words in Philippians 1:20-26 to be particularly helpful for daily setting my mind on the reason I’m still breathing. Every morning, when I wake, I quote these words to myself…
“…it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress andjoy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus…”
I agree with Paul…if I compare this life to being present with Jesus in glory, it would be far better to depart and be with Christ. But, as long as I am here, there is a reason for my presence, and Paul brings clarity to that reason…I labor to point others to Jesus in all that I do, so that they (and I) may progress in joy and the faith!
I do all things that people may have ample cause to glory in Christ!
The purpose of my mundane day to day life is to lift high Jesus and proclaim every glorious reason we have to trust in him and rejoice in him.
The mundane and monotonous are redeemed by the monumental and mesmerizing glory of Jesus!
Day after day, our “regular, routine” lives are drawn up into the eternal realities of the living God. As you work, parent, change diapers, think, read, write, talk, meet deadlines, hurt, rejoice, suffer, endure, make friends, struggle…as you do normal life…enormous, eternal things are at stake.
All you do, even things as mundane as eating (1 Corinthians 10:31), can be done for the glory of Christ! All you do can point people from the daily to the eternal!
Nothing you do is insignificant!
To live is Christ! And, all we do may be done for him! Nothing is mundane! Everything is monumental…for Christ may be honored/glorified in all!
Have full courage! Live to give your kids, your coworkers, your family, your friends ample cause to glory in Jesus!
To live…with every mundane moment being caught up in monumental meaning…because…to live IS CHRIST!