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What is your purpose?

For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 1.21

Though I have been a Christian for most of my life, I operated with a functional purpose that was different from honoring Jesus with my life. My functional purpose was to do all that I could to not be rejected or abandoned.

My parents divorced when I was around five years old, and my heart interpreted those events in my life in such a way, that I had clarified a purpose for myself. For me to live was to not be rejected. I tried hard not to be rejected. I tried to be a good kid, to not be rejected. When I wasn’t a good kid, I would try and deceive, so people wouldn’t think poorly of me and reject me. For me to live is “not be rejected.”

But Jesus has pursued me. Jesus has moved me away from my functional purpose to a new purpose. Jesus has restored the relationship between me and God by his life, death, and resurrection, and ascension to heaven—my most important relationship is fully restored.

God tells me that he will never leave me nor forsake me. That is astonishing news!

As I have matured with Jesus, he has realigned my functional purpose away from living to not be rejected, to living for him.

I can increasingly say with Paul, “For me to live is Christ.” I want to live for Jesus, because Jesus lived and died for me.  

We all can say, “For to me to live is...” and we can complete that sentence with all kinds of good causes. For me to live, financial success, career, comfort, pleasure.

But there is only one worthy purpose for which we can live, and it is: to live is Christ.

How would you complete the statement “For me to live is...”? However you complete that statement is your purpose in life. However you complete that statement is what you worship with your life. Will we live for Jesus or will we live for something that doesn’t last?

Let’s live for Jesus, because he first loved us!

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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