And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven
and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
- Matthew 28:18-20
It’s unavoidable: labels are something that we as humans collect as we move throughout life. Student, daughter, friend, athlete, employee… they begin to paint a picture of what we believe our purpose to look like, regardless of if those labels are necessarily true or not. But if we let this be as deep as our purpose goes, we’re going to find ourselves left unfulfilled and searching for more.
I believe that the desire for purpose is one that lies heavy on so many of our hearts. We long to find identity that exists outside of our everyday lives, because ultimately, we have been called to so much more.
These words from Matthew 18 paint the picture of purpose that we as followers of Christ should be chasing after. These words are ones that came straight from the mouth of Jesus. Our responsibility, our mission -- so intimately spoken into existence by the One who loves us most. He created our hearts, therefore He knows exactly what will bring us fulfillment. It’s stated oh so simply: to go, to make disciples -- followers of Christ who consciously choose to seek Him day after day -- and to share the Gospel with the world.
There is so much more to this life than what the world says.
It’s no coincidence that the purpose Jesus left behind for us so closely mirrors the life He lived out here on earth. Making disciples was his core mission while He was on earth. To have Him leave that same responsibility for us? This is the purpose for which we were created. It’s when we come to the end of ourselves that we truly begin to discover who we are in Christ.
Regardless of your background, your gifts, or what season of life you find yourself in right now, we are all called. That calling may send you oceans away to make disciples, or it may be the person sitting next to you right now that needs to hear the Gospel or feel the love of Christ. When we learn the depths of this God-given purpose, we learn that we’re no longer confined to the limits of the labels within this world. Our purpose is so much higher than that. It’s eternal and it’s limitless -- completely unbound to country borders and man’s standards.
His purpose for you is far greater than anything you could ever dream up for yourself. What’s even more beautiful about it is that work for the Kingdom always comes full circle. The effects of sharing the gospel and pouring Christ’s love into others has a ripple effect. It goes so much further than we realize.
The Great Commission is a command. It’s urgent, it’s an instruction. It looks different for everyone but the bottom line remains the same: to GO and make disciples. Use those things that you have collected in this world for the good of the Kingdom. Remind yourself daily of the difference between who the world says you are and who Christ not only says you are, but who He is calling you to be. This is your purpose and your calling. Regardless of what the journey looks like, Jesus Himself promised that He would be with us always. To the end of the age. We just have to go.
1. What purpose are you letting define you? The labels from the world or the calling appointed from Jesus Himself?
2. What is your mission field in this season of life that you’re in right now? Who around you needs to witness that genuine Christ-like love, or who needs to hear the gospel? Pray about it, and GO!
God, we praise You for creating our hearts with a purpose that can only be found in You. Thank you for a calling so divine and so rewarding. Help us to remember the big picture in this life, and we thank you that You are with us every step of the way. You are so faithful. Amen.
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