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A Life-Giving Perspective on Purpose

Originally published Tuesday, 07 February 2017.


This idea of purpose, and that we all need one, is something I’m constantly reminded of each and every day. In fact, I haven’t been able to shake this concept for at least two years. I know there’s mercy in our purpose, justice in our purpose, and spiritual wholeness in our purpose in a way I’ve never understood before. It's changed my life, literally.

Jesus prayed these words:

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

-John 17:3

As a mother, I want to give my children the best of me, modeling love and godliness. As a wife, I want to fill my husband’s heart with joy, be his supportive counterpart, and faithful intercessor. As a friend, I want to be filled with life, an encourager, someone my community wants to be with and knows they can count on. As a daughter of the Most High, I want to make my life count for more than I can see with these human eyes.

And right before our human eyes, in black in white, we have a prayer that Jesus spoke to His Father. We have a glimpse of a private moment between Himself and The Creator - an inside track on what our purpose is intended to become and the gift He gives us in return.

To live fully, and to reap eternal life, is choosing to know God.

Life is that we would find our purpose in serving a God who owns the definition, love.

Living life here and continuing life eternally would mean understanding His grace is sufficient and His truth endures. There’s mercy in his wanting us, and truth in His love for us – even when our lives seem mixed up and upside down, topsy-turvy in a world that’s anything but our home, we can find life and purpose in our heavenly Father.

When we know God, we find life.

“This is life, “Jesus said, “That they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

This is life… that we find purpose.

This is life… that we pursue hope and holiness in a way that sets us apart in newness.

This is life… that we would be transformed by making the decision to know a God who already knows every detail about us.

We can all have life, and when we look at this perspective on purpose, hope happens and healing begins.