Purpose is defined as ‘the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”. There is a powerful truth in the statement ‘we misuse a thing when we don’t understand it’s purpose.’
From the book of Hebrews, we find that Jesus had a body prepared for Him for His purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. We find from Acts 10:38, Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil. His life was offered as a sacrifice on the cross to redeem mankind.
Understanding the Lord’s purpose for life is essential for a fulfilled life. We are created with purpose by the very hand of God. We are his workmanship created for good works which God prepared for us before we were ever born. The bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that for His purpose.
Paul on the road to Damascus, meets Jesus and finds himself asking the question, who are you and what must I do? With eternity created in man, we all seek to answer this very question.
From Ben Campbell Johnson’s paraphrase on the book of Romans we read Paul’s purpose. “I am Paul, a loyal follower of Jesus Christ. I havebeen given a special commission to speak God’s good news, so I center my life around it.
If we look at the life of John the Baptist we see John confident in purpose - I baptize you with water unto repentance. He understands his set boundaries; there is one coming who is greater than I. He must increase, I must decrease. This did not diminish John, rather it defined him.
We are destined to find our ultimate fulfillment in achieving the very purpose of our unique creation. When we try to duplicate others the fruit is conflict. When we compare ourselves to others the fruit is frustration. Our expression is only clarified through intimacy with the Father.
Do not confuse purpose with methods. Methods change, but our purpose is constant. By living in union with God, we experience wholeness of life and fulfillment giving ourselves to the very purpose of our creation.