Finding Our Purpose in Christ
"But I consider my life of no value to myself; my purpose is to finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace." Acts 20:24
Many times in our lives we contemplate our purpose. A common question many of us ask is, "What is God's purpose for me?" We often think about our careers, our dreams, and our ambitions, and whether they have meaning or not. Our concerns can range from the type of house we are going to buy, what career we will have, or who we will marry.
It is easy in our humanity to think of our purpose so shortsightedly. When we come to Christ, our purpose changes. What is our purpose in Him? As the writer of verse 24 states, our purpose isn't about us anymore. Our lives are of no value, but what is of value is the course we are on in this lifetime and the ministry we’ve received from the Lord. We each have unique gifts and talents. When we are given these gifts, we are to use them for our purpose, which is to testify to the Gospel of God's grace.
What are your gifts or even blessings? Are you a parent? Testify to your children the Gospel of God's grace. Wherever God has placed us in this life, we are to stay on course, and by doing so, we declare God's goodness and glory. Purpose doesn't always have to be something grand; sometimes our purpose is in the small things. Faithful obedience, glorifying God in every season of life, and finishing the race faithfully with God in sight should be our daily focus. In this, we grow closer to God, and we lead others closer to Him along the way. This is how our purpose is fulfilled, and God is glorified.
Father, I never want to value my life more than I value the purpose and the mission You have given me. Help me to stay faithful, obedient, and to continue to testify to the Gospel of Your grace. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
What do you think of when you think of purpose? What does it mean to you to “testify to the Gospel of God’s grace”? How can you testify to the Gospel of God’s grace this week?
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.