What is your purpose in life? Please answer before you read on.
Yesterday morning while waiting on my coffee to brew, I scrolled through Instagram and came across these words from Dr. Charles Stanley:
When He (God) saved you, He saved you to do what? To walk in relationship with Jesus Christ so that everybody who meets you meets Him. Therefore, you have a definite purpose in your life for being saved besides going to heaven.
That middle sentence arrested my attention and churned in my mental mill all day long.
When I was a young boy on into my teen years, I traveled with my dad to many preacher’s meetings and Bible Conferences. He always introduced me to as many preachers as was around him. What a privilege to shake their hands, both men of renown and lesser known men, and to hear many of them preach. Some of them even stayed in our home. My life was and continues to be enriched by being around such men.
Just as my father would introduce me to those men, those of us who know Christ as our personal Lord and Savior have the greatest privilege and purpose, to introduce Jesus to those who meet us! In all of life, it does not matter if others know us or remember us. What matters is if they are introduced to Christ through us! If when they meet us, they meet Jesus!
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20).
People will meet Jesus in us when . . .
- When daily spend time reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on the Word (Joshua 1:8). You are what you think, so the Word must be in our mind (Proverbs 23:7)
- When we have met with our God in prayer in the morning and live in the atmosphere of prayer throughout the day (Matthew 6:6-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
- When we love Him with all of our heart (Matthew 22:37-40). You talk about the ones you love such as your spouse, kids, or grandchildren. What about the Lord?
- When we walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The Spirit’s number one responsibility is to point to Christ, so when we surrendered to the Spirit in us, Christ is magnified (Philippians 1:20).
- When you choose to personally live for Christ alone (Philippians 1:21).
- When we love others as Christ does (1 John 4:12).
- When we verbally tell others about Christ in fulfilling our purpose of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
- When you talk of Him in conversation, not to show off, but because He is your life (Colossians 1:27).
So, as you go about your day today, who will others meet . . . you or Christ? Who is the most important?