Living on Purpose
But [Jesus] said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”
In 2005, when the Barna Research Group surveyed pastors and Christian leaders about the books that influenced them most during the previous three years, Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life was the most cited book (apart from the Bible). Warren’s The Purpose Driven Church was the second most-often cited.
What does it mean that two Bible-based books on “purpose” sold tens of millions of copies around the world? At the very least, it suggests that Christians (and others) are very interested in discovering how to live life “on purpose.” When we say we did something “on purpose,” it means we did it intentionally; it means our actions were no accident. And if we model our life after that of Jesus Christ, we will live our life as purposefully as He did. Jesus came into the world with a purpose, a mission, from God and refused to let anything distract Him from that purpose (John 5:19, 30; 6:38; 8:28, 42; 10:37-38; 12:49).
As God sent Jesus into the world “on purpose,” so Jesus has sent us “on purpose” as well (John 20:21). Live purposefully, not accidentally, for Christ today.
Life can only be enjoyed as one acquires a true perspective of life and death and of the real purpose of life.