In part one of the series “Truly Living” I talked about life and what it means. (If you haven’t read it yet, you can read it here: “Life (Part 1 of series “Truly Living”) ) This post is about what it means to live with a purpose. I believe that living with a purpose is part of truly living.
As an American, when I hear “living with a purpose” I think of the American Dream. Succeed in life, set goals, work hard, and achieve the world. All of this is good, but it doesn’t cut it. The American Dream is all about living for yourself.
This “living with a purpose” that the world shows is superficial. They tell us to have fun and enjoy life, which is good, but it only lasts for a short amount of time. But what does the Bible tells us about living with a purpose?
The Bible tells us that living with a purpose is serving God and others, spreading the Gospel, and standing up for what’s right. Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God.”
When we live life in service of others, and also serving God, we please God and are worshiping him. The verse above says to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice,” what this means is that you put others before yourself. When you serve God and others, you live life with a purpose.
It’s also saying not to be conformed to the world. Don’t live a selfish life. Life isn’t only about you. Even though the world says it is, it’s not. Don’t be fooled by what the world does. The world says that to live life with a purpose, you need to try to achieve the world.
Well, let me just say this, if you achieve the world, you lose your life. Why do you think all those people who “have it all” do what they do? They achieved the world! They might have it all but they are in chains. Now I’m not saying that you can’t be wealthy, I’m saying that being wealthy and achieving the American Dream is not the only thing in life.
Philippians 1:21 states, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” We should look forward to going to Heaven, but we need to focus on the present. While we are still on the earth, we need to spread the Gospel.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Mathew 28:19. In case you don’t know this is the Great Commission. This is where we are called to go out and share the gospel.
Every single one of us is called to share the gospel to others. If you are a follower of Christ, there is no reason why you shouldn’t share the Gospel.
The American Dream is not living with a purpose. Life is more than succeeding and becoming rich. It will not last. But if you serve others and share the Gospel it will last. It will impact other peoples lives in an incredible way.
That’s what’s living life with a purpose. This is truly living.