A Great Purpose
Many Christians celebrate Christmas Eve with a traditional candle light service. At the end of the service, while staring at the flame of a candle, we sing, “Jesus, Lord at thy birth” in the song “Silent Night.”
The end of the second stanza notes that Jesus was Lord from the very first day of His life. We may think of this regularly, but we hardly contemplate how that impacts us on a human level. Jesus’ purpose was to be our Lord. He had that purpose placed upon Him from the very moment He entered this world.
Christ came to earth for many reasons. One reason was to understand us as humans and to live a fully human life. So, if Christ is human, like us, then as the song claims, we too have a purpose – at BIRTH. God planned our purpose in life before we were born. He contemplated our purpose from the beginning of time.
It’s easy to focus so intently on obeying God’s commands that we overlook the reality that we too have a purpose in life. We all have a desire to be “somebody,” to do something big, to be important and valued. These desires don’t come from too much media influence, instead they are instilled deep within us from a loving and compassionate God.
So, on those days when you feel like you don’t matter, like your life is meaningless, pointless and you’re feeling lost – remember that God has a purpose for you. He has set a plan for your life before you were even born. Maybe you haven’t realized it yet, maybe you took a wrong turn, or perhaps you’re feeling confused or frustrated by what it might be. It’s possible that you had great hopes for your purpose, but now you feel like a dejected failure. Don’t give up, hold on to that hope and stand firm in the truth that God has something planned for your life and He’s directing you to it even now.
Maybe you’re fully aware of your purpose and walking it on a daily basis. As a teenager, you’re building the foundation so God can place you where He needs you and show you who you are. Keep your sight on Him. He’s the giver of your purpose. Reveal your desires to Him and He will guide you.
Even though you may not feel like it, you’re living your purpose now. Your life is NOT insignificant. No matter how you feel, you still have purpose. Your purpose may involve being an attractive light to another person – a friend, teacher, coach. Your purpose may be to be the daughter of a loving mom or dad. Your purpose may be to act as a strong tower of faith. Your purpose may be to build intellectual depth or physical competence. You certainly have purpose. That purpose may evolve over time, but God is always leading you toward something remarkable.
Regardless of whether your purpose is big or small, you were made to live and seek God with all your heart. Go out and fulfill that purpose today and every day.