But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.
Are you clear on the meaning and purpose of your life?
According to a recent survey 85% of people are clear about the meaning and purpose of their life (64 percent strongly agree and 21 percent somewhat agree). This was taken in a Barna survey in the United States.
Are you among the 85%?
Would you like to be?
That’s what this devotion is about.
There are some who have said that it isn’t possible to find your purpose because there isn’t any! That we humans are here on this planet just by random chance. We’re born. We live then we die. And that’s it!
There are some who say this, but the majority of people don’t really think that, believe that.
What a sad, despairing way to live it would be, to think that we have no purpose!
Most people believe that we do have purpose and that we can find what that purpose is.
I believe that you can find your purpose and be clear about the meaning of your life.
And you find that through Jesus Christ.
When Jesus was about 30 years old, he went to the Jordan River where his cousin, John, was baptizing people. John was also calling people to, “Repent! For the Kingdom of God is near!”
Jesus wanted John to baptize him.
John was extremely hesitant. He told Jesus, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
Jesus was clear about the meaning and purpose of his life as well as John’s life. This moment when Jesus is baptized by John is the culmination of John’s entire life. It also launched Jesus on a path that would ultimately lead to a Roman cross and a borrowed tomb.
John’s life-purpose was to prepare people for the coming of Jesus. He did this by preaching and baptizing.
Jesus’ life-purpose was to be the sacrifice for the sins of all people of all time. Jesus never wavered from that purpose and never lost the clarity of his purpose.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be that sure, that clear of our own life-purpose?
I’ve got good news for you. It is possible!
Put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He loves you. He wants you to be clear about your life. He died to save you from all sin, from the devil and from death itself.
Your purpose, ultimately, is to live. To live forever with Christ in heaven.
In the meantime, however, Jesus gives your life purpose and meaning now. You are loved. You are saved.
Someone once said, “If I could just discover the right thing, a better job, financial blessing, the right person to love me, the right kids with the right accolades, then I’d feel satisfied.”
You can, in Jesus Christ! You can, in a mate or friend who also finds their purpose in Jesus Christ.
Because this is also the truth – you are not alone! There are others seeking – and finding – their purpose in this life in Jesus Christ!
Sometimes we call them Christians. Sometimes we call them the Church. But no matter what you call them, they are your friends, your brothers and sisters, who have faith in Jesus and find their purpose and meaning in Christ.
If you would like to know more, discuss more, explore more, I invite you to respond to this either by email or by leaving a comment (if you are reading this as a blog post).
And if you are in the Chicagoland area – find one of the 1000 churches participating in this unique event! Starting the weekend of January 12 and 13, you can go to a church and hear a message about “Does Life Have a Purpose”? and then each subsequent week, a different, probing, and deeper question about God.
Jesus loves you. He wants you to find your purpose in him. I pray you will.
God, I am seeking my purpose (or the clarity of my purpose). I have just read that I can find that purpose in your Son, Jesus Christ. I pray that you will show me my purpose. Open my heart and mind to my purpose in Jesus Christ. In his name I pray. Amen. © 2019 True Men Ministries