Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Why Am I Here and What Should I Do?

Do you ever find yourself asking "Why am I here?"  I used to ask that question, often.  Probably more often than people think a Pastor should.  Pastors are the ones who are supposed to be leading and teaching people why they are here and what to do with their lives while they are here, right?  Actually, Jesus is the one who teaches ALL of us why we're here and what we should do while we're here.  Recently, God used a book to help me find a FINAL answer to these questions.  It's not magical or mystical.  In fact, it's something many of us already know and others of us are just discovering for the first time.

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The answer is simple but radical.

We're here to enjoy God's grace and extend His glory.
David Platt, the author of the book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream, lays out a simple and complete answer to the question: Why are we here?  Of course, Rick Warren has also written a best-selling book about why we're here and what to do while we're here (The Purpose Driven Life), but Platt's simple and direct answer helped me understand that our purpose isn't as complex as many people assume.  In fact, knowing the will of God for your life is as easy as picking up your Bible.

Jesus said this:   My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. -John 10:10 NLT  We're here to know God and enjoy His grace through His son Jesus.  Jesus came to this earth to give us life now and forever.  He came because we were stuck in sin without hope of salvation.  Have you ever felt that way?  Like you are just stuck and can't move on?  Jesus came to set you free!  He came that we may have a rich and satisfying life.  In other words, He came so we could believe in Him, receive salvation and enjoy God's grace!

Jesus also said this:  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. -Matthew 28:19 NLT  While we're here, we're to GO and lead other people to enjoy God's grace through Jesus!  We're here to help those like we once were—lost in darkness—to help them find the light, Jesus, and enjoy God's grace now and forever.  We can't save ourselves or anyone else from darkness (sin). Only God can.  When we lead people to Jesus and they put their faith in Him, it's not our power that saves them, it's God's.  It's His glory, not ours.  That's what it means to extend God's glory!

It's not rocket science.  If it were, only a few would understand what it takes to enjoy God's grace.  But God didn't want a few to enjoy Him, He wants all of us to enjoy His grace and extend His glory by leading others to enjoy His grace!  It's like a circle.  Once one of us is saved and enjoys God's grace, we're to extend His glory everywhere we go by leading those around us to enjoy His grace through faith in Jesus.  No matter where you live, work, or play we are to enjoy God's grace and extend His glory and lead others to do the same.

So if you find yourself asking the question: Why am I here and what should I do while I'm here?  The answer is: We're here to enjoy God's grace and extend His glory.  

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