To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Purpose in Life

The Christian has blessings for all eternity. We are possessors of eternal life through the great and gracious ways of the Lord towards us. However, the Christian also has great blessings in this world.

Paul could write as follows

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” (Phil. 1:20-24).

The Christian has the blessing of having purpose in this world. Our purpose is to live for Christ. Paul says, ‘for to me, to live is Christ.’ Whether we are among the “haves” or the “have nots”, we are those who have purpose in life. Our purpose in this world, along with Paul, is that Christ will be magnified in our bodies.

So many lives are precarious because their purpose depends upon something that can be taken away. This is particularly noticeable when people retire. Often when the job is taken away they lose the sense of purpose in their lives.

For others it is manifest when a relationship comes to an end. Their reason for living seems to come to an end and their lives become completely bereft of meaning. This is not to say that the Christian experience is easy. There are many battles, many sufferings and many difficulties but we have a great overarching goal in our lives and that is to be for Christ. What an immense privilege this is.

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