“Why was I born? What’s my PURPOSE?” Have you searched for meaning, as a youth or later in life? Or do you occupy your mind with rituals in a crowd of many so you don’t have time to even wonder why you exist?
Perhaps you view purpose as your vocation. Did you follow your parents’ example and become a teacher, welder, doctor, carpenter, nurse, or fill-in-the-blank? Or did you find your own path? Perhaps you think purpose is found in religion. Did you follow your families’ beliefs? Or explore different worldviews? Maybe you found one religion you liked, or created your own – a custom blend of ideas from the minds of many.
“For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, . . .”
A bold statement. The one who made this claim never followed the crowd. The crowds followed him. He never doubted, never wondered, never took a wrong path. From the beginning, Jesus of Nazareth knew his purpose.
“. . . for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth . . . .”
Jesus, the Son of God, came into the world fully God and fully human and then lived as a man to fulfill a specific mission, assigned by God the Father. What is the mission? Part of it is to bring the message of truth – not any truth, but THE TRUTH.
“What is truth?” Many have pondered this question, in days past and present. Truth is not relative, truth is based on reality. I could share my understanding based on the Word of God, but you should learn it from the one who came to testify. Jesus declared, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6 NASB). The perfect man has the perfect answer – read him, study him, follow him. His ways are perfect. His mind is perfect. His life is perfect.
God’s word is TRUTH. If you understand the mission of Jesus, and believe in him and in God’s word, then your life on this earth has meaning and purpose as a child of God. Are you a musician? Your music can reflect God’s glory. Writer? Your words can bring hope and healing. Builder? You can provide shelter for many. Teacher? You can show others how to recognize truth. Whatever your gift or talent or passion, your vocation or calling, if you first humble yourself to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, then your purpose is fulfilled daily by loving and honoring God and loving and serving others.
Words of Jesus: . . . “For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37c-d NASB)
To learn more about the mission of Jesus, and to understand the context of his words as quoted in this post, please read the Book of John.
In the next 5 posts I’ll share a few reflections on the birth, life, death, resurrection, and future return of Jesus, The Son of God, Messiah. I hope you’ll join me.