Perspective From Purpose

Perspective From Purpose

For the majority of Sunday morning classes for the past 5 years Northside teens have been working through a book of the Bible verse by verse. It’s always amazing for me to see lights come on, and questions get answered from the timeless and living word of God.

Reading through God’s word at face value while remembering cultural and biblical context is by far the best way to find perspective on anything we face. The word is beyond culture, politics, and popular world views. God’s word helps us have an eternal kingdom focus rather than trying to fit God into the culture we live in. We are not made for this world, and with each passing day I am reminded that we are eternal, and have an amazing purpose. 

In the book of John, shortly after witnessing the feeding of the 5000, many believed Jesus to be a prophet or “the Prophet” and they wanted to make him king by force. Jesus knew what they wanted to do, and his reaction was to withdraw to a mountain by himself. Jesus could have been an earthly ruler, he could have continued to perform miracles and change the political climate for the Jews, he could have corrected many injustices and elevated the people of God. Instead, he chose to withdraw, and carry out the will of his father.

There are many times we would like to see our will done on this earth, and many times we have good intentions and want to see justice carried out to the Glory of God, but if our will is motivated by the fleeting things of this earth whether good or bad, we should be careful not to prioritize what we want over the eternal message of Christ.

Jesus didn’t become an earthly king. Instead, he was arrested, tortured, betrayed, and crucified. After his death his church was scattered, and his people were persecuted. None of this looked like success at the time, but if we fast forward, we see that the scattering of the church allowed the name of Christ to be professed worldwide. Even now, in the places that the church is most persecuted we see it growing no matter the cost. In this world there will always be trouble, but Christians are not of this world.

In John 11:25-26 Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

It’s a question I know the answer to but need to ask myself often. Our plans are not God’s plan, our ways are not God’s ways, and we have been offered eternal life freely. There are many good missions to take part in on earth, but none are as important as sharing the message of eternal life through Jesus Christ. There is no better way to set your mind on things above than reading the word of God and remembering his plan.