“And what does the LORD require of you?” (NIV)
What’s the point?
Have you ever asked yourself that question? I have. It’s a question we ask when we’re feeling overwhelmed or alone or frustrated.
But it’s also a question we ask as life goes on and we haven’t figured out how our daily purpose fits into God’s eternal plans.
Harry Addison and Lee McGlone tell a story that makes the point. “A young man was about to graduate from high school. With a 4.0 grade-point average he had been selected to be the valedictorian. He was called into the principal’s office.
“Well, you’ve done it; you made valedictorian. Congratulations. So what are your plans for the future?” The young man replied, “Well, I plan to go on to college and get my bachelor’s degree.”
“Great,” said the principal, “what then?”
“I guess then I’ll go on to med school and become a doctor.” “What then?” said the principal.
“Well, then I plan on getting married, having children, and pursuing my career.” What then?”
“I guess I’ll retire.” “What then?”
“I would like to travel the world.” “What then?”
And the young man thought for a few seconds and said, “Well… I guess then I’ll die.” And the principal said, “And what then?”…
Maybe it’s because life rushes by so fast. But many people simply don’t stop to ask how their daily purpose links up with God’s eternal plans. That’s why I’m starting a series on Sunday called “What’s The Point? – How to link up your very normal life with God’s very extraordinary plan.” I just think it’s so essential to pause from the hustle and do some serious thinking about it.
Here’s why it’s so significant, as expressed by pastor Rick Warren: “Purpose always produces passion.”
If you know the bigger things God is doing in the world, and if you’re a follower of Jesus, you’re going to be motivated to get in on the action on a day-to-day basis.
Purpose produces passion.
Today, take a few moments to think about it. How does your daily purpose link up with God’s eternal plans? If you have a good grip on the answer, great. If not, what are you going to do to find out more?
By Matthew Ruttan