What is our purpose?

I’d like to start this blog off with deep thoughts — as deep as the still waters. 🙂
I’ve been reading the second book in the series, Big Sky Dreams called Sabrina. (Expect a review in the future. ;D) In it, I came across this on pages 200 – 201:

“We were in Colossians 3,” Rylan began. “I was sharing today about the importance of making up our minds to live for Christ. We have to daily commit to thinking thoughts of eternity. Sinful habits come so easily, but that can’t be who we are.”

He goes on to quote Colossians verses 1 through 5 and then 10. (But to keep the context, I’ve included verses 6, 7, 8 and 9 in here too.)

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

And then Rylan continues, “We have to remember who we are. We are in Christ, which means that we can’t love this earth very much. We should love the people Christ died for, but not the things of this earth. The draw is very strong. We love our life here, but we have to remember how temporary this all is and what our purpose in Christ is.”

I thought this might make an interesting topic. 🙂

At first, this sounds simple. “We can’t love the things of this world very much.” But as Rylan said in that book, the draw is strong. Who doesn’t love binge watching their favorite television shows, playing their computer games for hours, or surfing the web? Some may even love their jobs, being popular, and such. But does this glorify God, or does it just… satisfy ourselves? Suddenly it doesn’t sound so easy, does it?

And then there is the point about our purpose in Christ. What is our purpose? Why are we here?

The answer to that is simple. We are here for Christ – to serve Him, to strive to follow Him, to love Him. He died for us, so that we may have forgiveness of sin and so that we may one day enter the Kingdom of God to be with Him forever. The least I can do is try to please Him by serving Him, following Him and loving Him, though I know I will never be good enough. I believe that is the point of that chapter of Colossians.

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