Do you think Jesus came to earth without a purpose? Unimaginable; isn’t it?
Just take a look at John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Again, look at Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Both these statements, among many others, reflect the sense of purpose Jesus had. Would he expect anything less from us, his children?
Related to having a purpose is the sense of timing. Jesus was absolutely certain about what God wanted him to do and when. In John’s gospel we find several occasions when Jesus reminds his listeners that his understanding of God’s timing is different from theirs (see John 2:4, 7:6, 11:6).
And when he knew the time had come to accomplish his sacrificial death on the cross he resolutely set out for Jerusalem (Luke 9:51). Other translations for resolutely reads, “steadfastly,” “with fixed purpose,” determined,” etc. So purpose is intertwined with a sense of God’s timing.
Another important element related to purpose in the life of Jesus is that he refused to deviate from his purpose or get distracted by lesser things. After he fed the five thousand, Jesus knew that they intended to make him king by force (John 6:15). That was not the purpose for which he came. He simply withdrew to a mountain by himself.
Always know that there is a God-method and a man-method to achieve things in life. If you align yourself with God-method like Jesus did, you will not be deceived by the attractive and often glamorous distractions that come your way.
Finally, know that if you seek God earnestly he will fulfill his purposes in your life (Isaiah 46:10, 11; Psalm 57:2, Psalm 138:8). Obstacles don’t matter. Opposition doesn’t count. Your failures might have delayed things but even that will bow meekly to the purposes of God (Jeremiah 29:11). Even Pharaoh who opposed Moses was raised by God with a purpose (Exodus 9:16, Romans 9:17).
Now in the light of all that you have understood so far, read this verse: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).” The God who created this earth with a purpose (Isaiah 45:18); will he not have a purpose for your life? Think about it.
Life of ants always amazed scientists. They live in groups called ant colonies. Role and purpose of every single member in that community is well defined. And there is no slackers. Every ant we see that is not dead yet must be on some mission for sure. If only we humans had similar levels of purposefulness in our lives.