Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Purpose-Driven Life

Today I was listening to a back-issue of Table Talk Radio on podcast and this was one of the questions (and answers) in the game "Are you smarter than a first-year seminarian?":

Q: What in the world does God have me here on the earth for? What's my purpose in life?

A: You're on the earth so that Jesus can love you and forgive you all of your sins. It's not a question of what you're doing, but a question of what Jesus is doing for you. Instead of being burdened with things to do, with the law, the purpose is simply to receive the gifts of God.

I particularly liked it, with the craziness of these days, everyone running around and trying to do stuff to please God, trying to figure out what we're here for. The question was asked and answered in the context of an elderly person who is ill and suffering, not able to be out and about, "doing useful things," for the Kingdom. Even though it was asked in the context of age and failing health, the answer is true regardless of age, health, or any other of the variables of life. It's true that God has prepared good works in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10), but they aren't our ultimate purpose. After all, it's the case that the good works were given for us to do, not that we were created so that good works might be done. We are here so that Jesus can love us and forgive us our sins. Awesome.

"It would be better if you had never done a good work in your life so you had nothing to trust in but Jesus." Bryan Wolfmueller (Table Talk Radio, episode #46)

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