Living With Purpose
As I read through 1 Corinthians 9 the other day, these words caught my attention: “Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly.” (1 Corinthians 9:26, NIV). I was reminded of this simple but very important truth: activity does not always equal productivity; just as movement does not always amount to progress. We can be active without being productive. Paul understood this very well and he purposed to not run aimlessly. He wanted his activity of running (the way he lived) to be productive (result in getting a prize, that is, count for eternity).
What is the opposite of running aimlessly? It is running with a clear purpose. That is what Paul said he was doing and that is what we must do if we want to avoid running aimlessly. And what does it mean to run or live with purpose? Paul summarises it for us in the next chapter: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV). It means living life for the sole purpose of our existence, namely, the glory of God. Life is about Him. It’s His story. He is the Hero, the Main Character. It’s all about Him. Living for His glory means seeking His pleasure above our own and pursuing the greatness of His Name instead of our own name. It is living to know Him and spreading His fame everywhere beginning with where we are. In the words of Jesus, it is seeking His kingdom and righteousness more than anything else in life. We either live like this or we run aimlessly and waste our lives in the process.
Have you been running aimlessly, living your life with you at the centre as if it’s all about you? For what you do to count for eternity, you must stay focused and remain true to the purpose for your existence (to glorify God). You can start today by resolving with Paul that, “… now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:20, NIV).
When we live like this the world will see. However, they will not see us, they will see Jesus. Isn’t that what you want… for your life to reflect and portray Jesus? I hope your answer is yes.
Have a blessed Tuesday.