Every machine has a reason why it was assembled; every work of art has an aim for its creation; every action has a reason behind it; and every human was created with a purpose to fulfill. Yes! You read correctly; every human – each and every one of us has a God-given purpose to fulfill. We’ve been assigned a divine mandate to accomplish, a specific task to carry out.
The problem is that most times, we can’t identify our singular objective and we get lost in the fray. At other times, when we had even successfully identified our path, we get enticed by what others are doing and tend to lose focus of our objective, choosing to pursue another person’s goal.
For a personal understanding of your purpose for living, I would readily recommend you read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. This book will literally take you by the hand, and guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will provide you with an answer to life’s most important question: What on earth am I here for?
For the purpose of this article however, I chose to draw from the 36th Chapter of the book, which talks about a common purpose for which God created us: Mission!
“You were made for a mission.
God is at work in the world, and he wants you to join him. This assignment is called your mission. God wants you to have both a ministry in the Body of Christ and a mission in the world.” (The Purpose Driven Life, p.281)
This all-important mission is what is known as The Great Commission which is laid out in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NKJV)
Just as Jesus sent out His disciples on this all-important mission of spreading the good news, we have been mandated to embark on the same mission. Wherever you may find yourself, there is always an opportunity to tell someone of the Good News of salvation. We can learn some very valuable lessons from the life of Apostle Paul as far as this mission is concerned.
Remember, you have a mission – you are God’s ambassador wherever you are!