Purpose is one of the most sought after words in the English language. Lack of purpose will lead quickly to anxiety, depression, and even isolation. Obtaining purpose, on the other hand, causes life to feel fulfilled. As soon as a person, place, or thing enters into our lives, we immediately begin to search for its purpose, often even on a subconscious level. I would dare to say that purpose is the core behind most decisions that we make on a daily basis.
In the fourth chapter of Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, he encourages the church not only to find but also to fulfill their purpose. On a local church level, we must embrace differences. We are all created uniquely and with a different role and purpose, but all of our purposes should function together to fulfill one ultimate purpose: reconciling people in their relationship with God.
The greatest issue among churches, and humanity, in modern times is that we group ourselves with individuals like ourselves. Let me give a brief illustration of a card game. Let’s say that God deals the church a hand of five cards. We must shift our perspective and quit throwing away this in search of more of that, which is like you. A royal flush is worth a whole lot more and is much more powerful than four of a kind.
Our purpose is to minister to other individuals that we might assist them in reconciling themselves to God. We will all do this differently because we are unique and were created to do this in our own way. However, our ways should flow together and work together to fulfill this purpose. As we fulfill the purpose of our lives individually, it fulfills the purpose of the church, both locally and at large.
Pastor Zac Breckenridge