The Christians Purpose

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the 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.” Mat 28:19-20

Why are we here?  I do not mean all mankind, but us Christians.  Think about it.  We have accepted the salvation God has provided for us through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  And because of our decision, we have a glorious future with God.  We will have no want, and life will be absolutely perfect; no sin, sorrow, suffering or shame.  In this world, we experience the four S’s.  We have all seen the markings of sin all over.  Greed, selfishness and hatred abound.  People lose friends and family members daily, bringing sorrow to countless numbers of those left here to mourn.  There is no way to count the number of people who suffer from disease, constant pain, or from those who hate what others stand for.   And Christians throughout the last two centuries have experienced the four S’s on a continuous basis.  If the Christian life is about the individual, then why have we not been taken away from all this and taken immediately to our new and eternal home.  Because it is not about us.

The verse at the top of this post is known as the “Great Commission.”  According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of a commission is “An instruction, command or role given to a person or group.”  Jesus gave this command to His apostles just before He ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.  And this commission was then handed down to those Christians during the Apostolic period, and subsequently to us as modern day Christians.  The command given to us is to go into all the world, making disciples from all the nations.  Now, this does not mean that we, as individuals, are called to go throughout the world.  As the Church, we are to go and make disciples of all nations.  Now, I live in Acworth, GA.  I may be called to go other places, but I am definitely called to reach those in Acworth and the surrounding areas.  If you live in San Diego, again, you may be called to other nations, but you are definitely called to San Diego and the surrounding area. 

Our purpose here is not necessarily to be successful in business or enjoy all of life’s pleasures.  It is not about focusing on ourselves.  It is about sharing the life that God has given us, sharing the good news of Christ to a world that knows nothing about the grace God has provided.  It is about focusing on others.  There are many out there who are lost and without Christ.  Our purpose is to introduce them to the Savior.  There are people who are abused and/or persecuted.  Our purpose it to rescue them and show them the love of God.  There are countless that do not have the basic necessities of life; food, clothing and shelter.  Our purpose is to provide these things for them.  There are too many who are lonely and without the company of anyone who cares about them.  Our purpose is to love them and show them they are not alone.  Again, individually we cannot do all this.  However, the Church has the means to accomplish this.  And as members of the Church, it is incumbent on us to do our part.

Now I am not saying that we cannot do things we enjoy.  However, our focus as Christians should be the Great Commission.  Think about this.  I enjoy bowling.  I have my own equipment; shoes, ball, etc.  My average is around 155, and I do enjoy the competition.  However, a bowling establishment is one place where the great commission can be acted upon.  You can enjoy yourself while living the Christian life in a public setting.  Just being a light in the world can make a difference in the life of someone watching you.  St. Francis of Assis said the following, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”  When an opportunity arises to speak to them of the gospel, do so with boldness, but do not push it upon them.  Let your light so shine that the world sees Christ in you.  Pray for opportunities to share Christ with them, then be open to hearing from God as to what to do.  Let every thing you do allow you opportunities to help those in need, whether of salvation, food, clothing, shelter, etc.

We are always to grow in the faith, understanding more of who God is, and what the Christian life is about.  However, we should not do this simply for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others.  Learning without sharing is useless learning.  I love to read and learn what this life is about.  However, I used to do it simply to gain knowledge, or to show others how much I knew.  Useless knowledge. Now, I learn to teach others.  I want others to learn and grow in the knowledge.  We can do practically everything for our own benefit, but we must strive to make others our focus.

It is important that we fulfill our purpose here as God has commanded, to make disciples of all nations and love God and our fellow man.  We love God by doing what He has commanded, and we love our fellow man by sharing the truth of the gospel, and meeting their needs as we can.  It is not to focus on ourselves, but we are to focus on others and how we can help them attain salvation and a life where their needs are met.  And by doing these things, we will find ourselves more fulfilled and full of joy than we ever felt possible.  This happens because we put ourselves below others, and that is a good life.



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