This question can keep someone thinking for quite a long time. How many times have I wondered about this, thought I had the answer, only to find out that it was not the answer. I also found that a number of other people I met also wondered about the same question.
We must of course realise that there are different times in one’s life, which could have an impact on this answer. Therefore one cannot easily exclaim that this is your purpose in life without taking your current situation into consideration. As a child your purpose is to grow up, as young adult to find your wife or husband, as a married couple to get your own home and to bring up your children, in your forties and fifties to get your children married, and at the end of your life to meet your Redeemer. I remember at university we had a subject called Management by Objectives. We were told that as a manager you had to have objectives to meet, as without objectives your value to the enterprise could not be measured. Without objectives how could your manager actually measure your worth to the company?
The same question is also applicable to our lives as Christians. How do we know what our worth is without any objectives? We all say that yes the LORD knows that I am willing to bring my share to support the local congregation, and that I am willing to help where needed. Is that how you feel? Or maybe you feel very spiritual in that you know that the LORD has called you to excel in your work to provide financially for various ministries. Although it is a very noble answer, it is unfortunately not true. The true purpose is that we must love the LORD and our neighbour as ourselves. Now you might ask me what the difference is. My answer is that the LORD does not need your means, he needs you. He wants us to know Him and to stand in a love relationship with him. This will allow us to exhibit the message of love and redemption in our lives. That is our only purpose.
How do I know that? It is the message of the Bible. Mark 16 ends as follows: “Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:14-20). Here we find our first objective as defined by the Bible. It does not mean that we all have to study to become pastors or ministers, no, we have understand the message of the Bible, and live this message. We have to realise that people reads us everyday, whether it be at work or in the supermarket, or even on the sports field. Everywhere we go, people will look at your actions, and this will influence their lives. Our lives have to exhibit the love of Jesus in every aspect.
The Israelites called out to the LORD while they were in Egypt. He accepted their plea, and called on Moses to lead them to the Promised Land, even though they had to wait eighty years for it. How many people calls out to the LORD on a daily basis, and whom can He send? The scripture in Mark teaches us that we have to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus to a every creature, but without a Moses, who can He send? This is what the LORD wants you to do. He wants to use you as a Moses to lead these people into the Promised Land. He says that we will move in signs and wonders, just like Moses did in the time of the Israelites. That is why it is written in Mark that we will move in signs and wonders. Moses did it, and so can you. We only have to believe it. When an unbeliever sees you moving in signs and wonders, he will know that your are sent by God, and that you can lead them to the Promised Land. What does Paul say to the Corinthians? “But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” (1 Corinthians 14:24-25)
But before you can be used as a Moses, you have to place yourself in a relationship with the LORD, and get to know Him, intimately. If you do not know how, ask the LORD to send a Moses into your life. You will be able to see from his life how to live as a Moses, and then the LORD will use you. The LORD wants the same relationship with you as He had with Moses in the dessert. Every time Moses went into the tent outside the camp, the people saw the glory of the LORD descending on the tent like a cloud from heaven. That is the relationship the LORD wants with you. He wants to fill our lives with His glory. He wants us to be content with nothing less than His fullness. That is His purpose in our lives. He does not want for anyone to go astray. But if you are not willing to used as a Moses, he cannot use you. It doesn’t help saying that you cannot talk to people, as people does not listen to your words, but they listen to your deeds. If you feel you still want to support various ministries financially, do it, as long as it is not your only objective as a Christian. You cannot use your contribution as a measure of what you do, but your life is what counts.
When you do act like a Moses, you must listen to what He tells you, and not follow your own doctrine. Moses followed his own wishes, and hit the rock at Meriba twice, even though the LORD told him to only speak to the rock. This cost Moses not to enter into the Promised Land, and at the end of the day, his life. Even though he pleaded with the LORD, the decision was that he would only see the Promised Land from a distance. We have to remember that obedience is the only offer acceptable to the LORD.
Matthew declares our objective as follows: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20). So if you still wonder how you will receive the power to execute this objective, Jesus first said that we will receive the power before we can be used in verse 18. Remember, He is the one supplying the Power, as He is the Power.