The combination of my doctoral program and John 20:31 has given me a refreshing outlook on my purpose as a Christian man and a pastor. This purpose is not a new one, but I needed to be reminded of its depth ad priority in my life.
You probably need the same reminder.
John 20:31 (ESV) says, “but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
If your Bible uses captions, this one read “The Purpose of This Book”. John wrote his gospel for one purpose, so you and I would believe that Jesus is the Christ and we would have life in his name. Everything he wrote seeks to glorify the Father. He doesn’t even use his name! He realizes that his name doesn’t matter as much as the name of Jesus. John doesn’t want any glory because it’s not his to receive.
Is the story of Chris Peoples being written so others will believe that Jesus is the Christ and in Him life is given?
The answer to this question is convicting. Some days I’m not very good at my purpose. I’m not perfect, not even close. I allow emotions and materials to get in the way of my purpose. I am very thankful that God has given me time to recalibrate my emotions so other may believe in Jesus Christ and receive life in Him.
How are living out your purpose?
If people who know you casually would not list Jesus Christ as one of your top five priorities, it might be time for a recalibration.
I encourage you to get alone with God today and evaluated how your story is being written and what it communicates to others. Please allow the Holy Spirit to dig deeply inside your story.
You are loved!