What is the purpose of your life?
Is it to be successful? to be satisfied? to be loved?
Is it to accumulate wealth? to pursue success? to simply enjoy life?
As we enter this new fall season, I remind us that there is a divine purpose for your life. God (our Creator) has a clear purpose for you, for me.
At one point in the Gospel of Mark, following a series of debates, one of the teachers of the law asks Jesus a question. He noticed that Jesus had already answered all the other questions very well. So, I imagine that he asked his question with honesty and humility,
"Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
In other words, which of God's 600+ laws has priority over the others? In other words, what is the clearest presentation of God's purpose for my life?
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this:
‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no commandment greater than these.”
- Mark 12:29-31
As well as you may know this Scripture, I imagine many of you wrestle with the implications. After all, our schedules reveal our actual priorities. Many of us spend our days running around like headless chickens because our calendars are so full.
So - here's the good (or bad) news.
God has a good and clear purpose for your life. First among God's purposes is for you to know and love God - to connect and commune with our Creator. It's not to do something amazing. It's not to climb the corporate ladder. It's not to live a really long life or make a name for ourselves. First and foremost, it's simply to remember who we are and whose we are.
So, let's start here - with this humbling, life-orienting thought.
~ Pastor Caleb