16th February 2019 - The Highest Priority
The thing which has occupied my mind so much recently is: trying to understand what it is exactly that I am meant to do. What is the will of the Father? What should I fill my time with? What is my life meant to look like? How should I live? this might seem quite obvious & perhaps silly, yet if that was the case (and whilst I am open to idea that I am simply dull and indeed - silly), why am I struggling to know what the answer is? If I am to prioritise and execute, I need to have this down pat. I look back to the last words Jesus gave to His disciples before He left them - His commander's intent, the very thing they were to remember about their purpose is they remembered nothing else. They were called to be witnesses of Him; to go and make disciples of all nations - so that people would know Jesus and therefore know the Father so that they would receive eternal life & forgiveness of sins; and Jesus told them to proclaim repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
'Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." ' Luke 24:44-49
'And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." ' Matthew 28:18-20
'Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld." ' John 20:21-23
'But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." ' Acts 1:8
Many people have adopted the phrase: "To know God and to make Him Known," as a way of describing our purpose. I think, based on the words of Christ above, this is correct. The way I have found helpful to understand our calling (purpose) is that we are to "make disciples of Christ and be disciples of Christ." I find this to be a more complete summation of our duty and privilege. To be a disciple means to follow Christ, live like Him, Keep His commands and do His will, all at the expense of the opposite of each of the above. We sacrifice: our will, living like the world and the desires of our flesh. We are then to train others to live the same way. Because when a person is a disciple of Christ, they abide in Him and therefore have eternal life. so when the voices and distractions of the world become loud and the purpose of our existence becomes faded, as we risk falling off the narrow path - just remember that above all else, we are to make disciples of Christ and be disciples of Christ. The question is - am I doing that?