“Live on purpose.”
“Live with intention.”
This is the theme of many self-improvement books today. It can be great advice. Our world is so very distracting, full of choices vying for our attention. (If you don’t believe me, just talk a stroll down the cereal aisle.) We need intention to give us clarity and cut through the unimportant things in life.
The question is, to what end are we striving? What goals and purpose are we pursuing exactly?
The world’s answer might go something like this:
live life to its fullest.
realize your dreams.
become your best you.
live a life you love.
These quotes sound nice and might look pretty printed on various home decor items. But, as Christ-followers, we have been called to a higher purpose. Here are some passages from 1st and 2nd Timothy that can help us as Christians clarify our purpose and goals. I pray these verses will encourage you as they did me as we embark on a new year.
“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” – 1 Timothy 1:5
… train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come… For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God…” – 1 Timothy 4:8-10
“But those who desire to be rich will fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction… But as for you, O man [or woman] of God, flee these things. Pursue rigteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness… Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…” 1 Timothy 6:9, 11-12
“… share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” — 2 Timothy 1:8-9
“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” — 2 Timothy 2:3-4
“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” — 2 Timothy 2:22
When God is leading our goals, we can’t go wrong. Other options are naturally weeded out, and we need not feel the decision fatigue of trying to figure out our purpose. Our goal is eternity in Heaven with God, and the path to get there is a life of righteousness and faith.
This year, live on purpose — for God.
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