By Pastor Bernard
“He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live
for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:15
Several years ago, Florida Power & Light (FPL) aired a commercial with respect to exercising a safe mindset when working around electrical lines. In the commercial, FPL representative “Bob” asked several different types of people from all walks of life, “What do you live for?” The answers were just as diverse as the people that provided the response: “my kids,” “my mom,” “my fiancée,” “the ocean,” “a good golf shot,” and “family.” Before we were sober we would say that we lived to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.
Just a brief look at their responses reveals that people are preoccupied with living according to what they perceive to be the most important person or thing in their life. Whatever they deemed most important, whether it was a person, place or thing, became their purpose for living. However, all of us that have declared the God of the Bible as our higher power are discovering that the Lord God envisions a much more worthy purpose for each of us.
A Higher Purpose
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power. For you
have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.”
– Revelation 4:11
This passage promotes the concept that your purpose is to live for God for His pleasure and glory as opposed to pursuing a life that promotes negative self-worth. Why be married to misery, mayhem and misfortune? Have you ever considered the negative consequences for living for and centering your life on other people (parents, spouses, children, fiancée or friends), which mirrors codependency?
Do you find yourself pursuing temporary pleasures such as work, entertainment, exercise, wealth, traveling, houses and automobiles for purpose and worth? From an eternal perspective, your productivity amounts to zero. Your purpose is thinner than a piece of paper. Meaning becomes a myth and worth has been washed away by self-absorption and carnal consumption.
The Worth of Heaven
When we are self-absorbed, we diminish our divine worth and we cheapen our lives and the lives of others. When we live for the purposes and will of God, we add immeasurable value to others and ourselves.
In closing, consider the following positions that points to a life wrapped in the worth of heaven:
Love and loyalty to the Lord is prioritized.
Investment of time and resources is utilized to increase and advance His kingdom.
Victorious living that is consistent and free from vices.
Exaltation of the Lord’s work and power is reflected in your thoughts, words and actions.