21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21 ESV).
What is the purpose of your life? Many people wander through life lost because they have no purpose. They seem to drift from one fad to another, searching for meaning in their life. Nothing truly satisfies them. Yet they try to satisfy every desire. This was what King Solomon discovered. He wrote Ecclesiastes about his quest for meaning in life.
But here Paul gives us a purpose for our life – Jesus. To live is Christ! What if we truly tried to make our lives be all about Jesus? What would our lives look like? Here are three ways that our lives are to look like Jesus’ life:
1) Don’t do what you want but rather what God wants (John 5:30).
2) Serve others rather than be served (Matthew 20:28).
3) Love others (John 15:17); this includes your enemies (Luke 6:27-35)!
I could probably come up with more ways from Scripture that our lives are to look like Jesus’ life. But these first three are pretty hard already. But if you think about it, a life of purpose is not something easily grasped. If it was, everyone would live a life of purpose. A life of purpose is worth hard work. Knowing that your life has a purpose, has meaning, is accomplishing something, isn’t that worth working for?
On our own we cannot even come close to living these three ways that Jesus lived. But those of us who follow Jesus are never alone. The Holy Spirit lives in us and through us. The Holy Spirit helps us to live this life of purpose, to live as Jesus.
Paul was content in his life in Christ. He had found his purpose. He couldn’t think of any other way to live than as Christ lived through him. But he also knew that this life was not all there is. He knew that when he died, he would gain even more than what he had here on earth. That is the double blessing of living as Jesus lived. You have purpose here on earth and a greater prize awaiting you in heaven. It is truly a win/win situation.
Live with purpose! Live your life such a way that people see Jesus in you!
P.S. What would you add to the list I started?