Luke 18:22 – Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast , and distributeunto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come , follow me.
Have you ever questioned why we are here on earth – why we weren’t created with complete heavenly bodies, such as the angels? When I was first approached with this question, I was given many different viewpoints. My personal favorite is that God was lonely (often suggested by children).
God certainly didn’t need us, but He wanted us. We aren’t here to take up space. He has a purpose and a plan for each of our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). We are not here by accident. We are not here by chance. We are here for a purpose.
Jesus’ life had a living purpose and a deadly purpose. His life was completely consumed with the salvation of mankind. His death, burial and resurrection gave man victory over death. He knew what was important in life, and gave us the plan for our lives in Matthew 28. When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He gave what we now call The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. He told us to preach the Gospel (teach all nations) and baptize.
Ultimately, that is our purpose here on earth. Anything that doesn’t increase our platform to share the Gospel is simply a waste of time. Now, I’m not saying that our lives must be consumed with telling people about the Gospel every moment of every day. We need time to rest, recoup and regroup. But all the time we spend on ourselves, without keeping other’s eternal lives in perspective, is not a good use of our time. My preacher once said that if you feel burned out here on earth it’s ok; we will have plenty of time to rest in Heaven.
I have several precious friends from high school and college that are either on the mission field or moving in that direction. One friend in particular, I’ll call her Callie, is still waiting for the direction from God for her family. They have faced more trials and hardships since they’ve been married than I believe I could handle. Problems ranging from infertility, health problems with other family members, their own health problems, a very long and drawn out adoption process that we hope to have complete very soon. Through it all, she and her husband have one mission – share Jesus with others, share the Gospel with the lost, encourage other believers, and press toward the mark!
Callie and her family are such an inspiration to me. Through their testimony alone, I am persuaded that this life is not about me – it’s completely about Jesus and His calling on our lives while we are here.