Someone once said, “He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any how.” The purpose behind someone defines their actions. For instance, if someone thinks that their purpose for being on this earth is to become a titan of industry or a millionaire, most likely their sole focus will be spent on gaining the education and skills to become one. If someone thinks that their purpose for being on this earth is to become the next great sports figure, most likely their sole focus will be spent practicing and conditioning their body to become one. If someone thinks that their purpose for being on this earth is to become the greatest school teacher, most likely their sole focus will be spent attending conferences, seminars, and lectureships on their way to achieve that goal to become one. While these things are good and healthy goals, are they really our purpose? For some, the answer is unequivocally, “Yes!” While for Christians, the answer should be a resounding, “No!”
If we spend our entire lives achieving personal goals, what will we have done in achieving the goal and purpose of Jesus Christ Himself? In Luke 19:10, Jesus lays out His entire purpose for coming to Earth by saying, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Jesus’ entire focus and sole purpose was to seek and save the lost. He was not interested in becoming the greatest carpenter in all of Judea or even the greatest king like many wanted Him to be. Instead, He devoted His life to bringing the lost back to Him even to the point of the cross. Why can this not be the sole purpose behind our lives as well? What if we spent the same amount of energy saving souls as we spend attempting to achieve our personal goals? If we are truly trying to become more like Christ, if we are trying to wear the Name of Christ, then we should devote our lives to His purpose to the purpose of the One whose name we wear. Shouldn’t Christ’s purpose supersede our personal goals? If so, then why have we put soul winning on the backburner so many times? It is an easy question to answer, we neglect and reject our God-given purpose for a purpose we have deemed for ourselves because evangelism and soul-seeking/saving requires a level of intentionality and persistence that we do not want to take the time for, or because it jeopardizes our comfort levels.
To allude back to the quote at the beginning, in order to make it through the how’s we must first be able to understand WHY we are here. We are here because Christ gave us His very own purpose and mission. Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:46-47, John 20:21 all include the commission Jesus has given us, to go and make disciples. If we are not launching ourselves into His purpose, then we are never going to be successful in achieving Christ’s goal. Once we understand WHY we are here, we can then understand the answers to HOW to respond to our purpose. In other words, once we realize our purpose is to fulfill the purpose of Christ (to seek and save the lost) then we can understand how to be better soul winners, how to abandon our comfort zones, and how to overcome our weaknesses in evangelism.
Our theme for the year has been, “Launch.” If we are truly going to launch into the future of the Lord’s church at Buford, then we must launch ourselves into the purpose of our Lord. If we are going to successfully launch we must make His purpose our own by sacrificing our time, our efforts, our money, our strength, and our own personal goals. Christ sacrificed everything to bring us to a right relationship with Him, what are we willing to sacrifice to bring others that same opportunity? Maybe more importantly, if Christ offered the same effort in winning our souls that we offer in winning other’s souls where would we be today? What is the purpose for our launch? It is solely to bring all the people we can to a knowledge and love our Lord. Will you join us in achieving His purpose this week?