Spiritually Speaking: Point and Purpose

“Where there is no vision, the people perish,” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV).

In other words, without a directive, mankind is privy to wander. 

Without knowing who we were created by, and what He created us for, there is a good chance nothing will satisfy our pursuit for purpose.

Next to the universal quest for real love, the longing for a meaningful life has been the greatest desire of all.

Think back on Adam and Eve, before time started ticking, and remember they had no other purpose but to live in harmony with their Creator, caring for His Creation.

After sin removed that intimacy, mankind soon misplaced this ambition with everything under the sun, which King Solomon would later call “vanities.”

But God’s plan never changed.

Goals in life such as careers, relationships, education, adventures and successes are not to be independently sought after and worked through. Something intrinsic must guide us through them all.

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If we allow Christ to be our “soul” purpose of existence, we can fully trust all branches and aspects of life to be well-nourished.

His love, and all of His other attributes, makes those facets worth experiencing—He makes life worth living.

If God isn’t in it, what’s the point?

What does anything matter if the very Being that set it all into motion isn’t the main reason we get up in the morning and do what we do?

You aren’t alone if you feel insignificant or that you have little to offer such a large world.

Don’t downgrade your abilities and self-worth, though; it would simply be an insult to the One who absolutely does not make mistakes.

Remember what the Apostle Paul said?

1 Corinthians 12 compares the many parts of our own physical bodies to the many members of Christ’s family; we each have a role to play that is equally as important in God’s eyes.

Even your own baby toe has tremendous significance, and you’re reminded of that whenever it is wounded, right?

Likewise, even if your role seems small to you, take heart in knowing God has placed you right where He knows you will be useful for His big plan (1 Corinthians 12:18).

But in order for this whole strategy to succeed, we all need to get involved and give our full effort. Just one person out of line, hanging back, letting everyone else do the work will throw the whole production out of sync.

I want to go Home, Saints; but until we are all finally playing our parts the way the Lord requires of us, it can’t happen.

Romans 8:28 (KJV) states: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Not everyone is called to be a minister or a deacon, not everyone has the ability to lead songs or play music–however, the Church always has need of youth mentors, prayer warriors, witnesses, organizers, decorators, church cleaners, and much more.

Maybe we don’t all quite know where we fit in the big picture yet. But if we keep our eyes and ears attentive for any needs within the Body, we are guaranteed to find one to apply our hands to in no time.

Then, through this willingness to serve and be actively used by the Spirit in our assemblies, God will be pleased to direct us into our rightful position in Christ.

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT).