Christian You Have an Eternal Purpose Here and Now

May 23, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Do you know what your eternal purpose is, as far as God is concerned and His plan for you in this life?

Do you know what your eternal purpose is, as far as God is concerned and His plan for you in this life?

In case you’ve just started reading this blog, you may not be aware that I have grown tired and frustrated with the way too many within Christendom have adopted ways of the world in their Christian pursuits. What many do not seem to realize is that Satan is doing everything he can possibly do to sidetrack Christians from the one job (made up of two parts), we’ve been given by Jesus Himself. That job is called the Great Commission found in Matthew 28. It is a commission because it was given to us – His followers – by Jesus Himself. It is great because it is the most important aspect of our lives. There is no higher calling for the Christian but to witness to and evangelize the lost people of this world and to minister to those who are already part of His Body. I myself have at times become sidetracked from the purity of the Great Commission.

Satan comes along – fully understanding just how important the Great Commission is; understanding it far more than most Christians understand it – and endeavors to throw us off track. He often succeeds and he does so by using all sorts of means at his disposal to make us believe that working hard to change society is what we should really be about.

Even pastors and teachers get this wrong. On one hand, they will state that society is not going to change because of how the Bible teaches things will go as we continue to move along toward the end of this age; going from bad to worse. On the other hand, they will turn right around and state something like, “As we preach to the lost, the lost will embrace salvation and they will change. That in turn, will change society.” No, that’s not what the Bible says but it sounds correct so it is applauded.

What is to be our focus? To hear the Dominionists tell it, it’s to reshape society, regaining back from Satan what was supposedly stolen by him from God. Even there, the lie is implicit as if Satan would have the power to steal anything from God. Yet, it is tacitly believed, often without question.

Saving souls (something only God does), or evangelizing the lost (something only Christians do), becomes simply a means to an end, the end being a changed, reclaimed society for God. But this is not included in the Great Commission anywhere. There is no hint that changed lives means a changed society – ever. Yet, Christians in  droves have bought into this lie because it sounds appropriate, especially where America is concerned.

Imagine if you were a Christian missionary in a foreign country. As such, you would – hopefully – know that your job as a Christian missionary in that foreign land would be to witness to lost people. Your first priority would not be to go into that land and attempt to change the laws or societal norms to suit what you believe to be biblical standards, correct? Your focus would be on those who did not have eternal salvation.

But because you may well be a Christian who lives in America, you have swallowed the lie that America is “like” Israel. Therefore, as Israel “fought” to survive and reclaim her national identity, so too must America do the same. If not, God’s wrath will rest upon this nation. In fact, God’s wrath will pour out on the entire world at some future point during what is known as the Tribulation/Great Tribulation and that includes America.

The implication is also that God’s wrath will pour out upon those Christians who do nothing to turn things in society around. The only problem with that is that the concept is not Scriptural. It’s an outright lie.

Being about the Father’s business in America today has come to mean doing whatever is necessary to change society. Yet, in all of Scripture, the only real responsibility that we have as believers is to tell others about Jesus and the truth of salvation. Whether or not they listen and eventually embrace that truth is not up to us and this is echoed throughout Scripture, from the Old to the New Testaments. Our job is to inform people about eternity and the choices in front of them. We cannot force people to become Christians. We certainly cannot legislate enough morality throughout society so that “righteousness” will go more than “skin” deep. True Christians will always be the minority in this life, yet we are being taught something else entirely.

Borrowing some thunder from my pastor’s sermon yesterday, he asked us what our “eternal purpose” is as we live this life in the here and now. When we stand before God, people will hear one of two things – that we did a wonderful job or we failed miserably. Though it might at first glance appear that these statements are based fully on what people did in this life (Matthew 25; the Sheep and the Goats), the reality is that only those who truly knew Jesus did the things that proved their spiritual mettle.

Please – I implore you – to know what these people did who received the “good job!” from Jesus Himself.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ (Matthew 25:35-36)

Notice please – because this is exceedingly important – the job of the Christian, the true Christian, is to meet needs of those who have true needs. Nothing in the whole of the Sheep and the Goats narrative would lead anyone to believe that these true Christians (who received accolades), who often quietly went about their business and helped people along the way, felt it was their job to change society. Instead, they saw people as individuals who were in need. In seeing people as individuals with needs, they were then in a position to help those individual people with those needs.

I fully believe that as Christians work to meet needs in individuals, we place ourselves in the position of having earned the right to tell them about Jesus and His salvation for them. It is one thing to simply preach the gospel isn’t it? Anyone can talk. Anyone can preach. Anyone can share ideas and words with another person. Sometimes, that’s the only chance a person gets and God can certainly work through that situation in order to draw the lost to Himself. However, more often than not, it is when Christians begin to reach out to others who do not know Jesus and provide a living example of how Jesus lived and how He loved that change happens. Read James and 1, 2, and 3 John for more.

Yes, in Jesus’ case, He used miracles to feed people, heal the sick, and even raise from the dead. These miracles proved His deity. They provided His credentials as Messiah to the leadership of Israel (which He should not have had to do, but did because He was a Master of humility as well), but He was still rejected by them.

In the end, aside from providing His credentials and proving His deity, it was His way of reaching out to the lost sheep of Israel (mainly), touching their lives, and meeting the real needs they had, to bring them back. He got their attention. He provided for them and this allowed Him access to their lives so that He could preach to them.

In our day and age, God still works through us mightily, drawing people to Him. When we actively join Him in the work of the Great Commission, we submit ourselves to Him. We readily make our resources available to Him to be used to meet the needs of others so that they can be more effectively drawn to Him.

This means, if I have the opportunity to fill some of the needs of people in my church who have true needs, I should do so. It also means that I should reach beyond the walls of my own local church to reach people who are unchurched but whose needs are just as real, just as palpable. If I can meet some of those needs, I have an obligation to do so. The Christian’s purpose is two-fold: 1) to take care of those within the Body of Christ, and 2) to reach out to the lost. This is built into the Great Commission. If you’re “going it alone,” you’re doing it wrong, I’m sorry to say. Concerned about what your local church teaches or believes? Find another. Can’t find one? Then start a group in your home with other like-minded Christians, but there is danger in that if leaders do not know their Bibles. We are a body, connected with one another. We are not meant to “go it alone.”

But does God need my help in saving the lost? NO! No one who will come to God for salvation will be turned away or not find their way if, for some reason, I don’t cooperate with God. However, if I do not cooperate with God in His work of the Great Commission, then I’m the one who loses out. I’m the one who fails to grow in the grace of our Lord. I’m the one who continues to remain focused on me, my felt needs, or other things, like how dismal America is becoming. I’m the one who fails to move toward maturity in Christ. I’m the one who loses rewards (but not salvation).

We have a tremendous obligation and privilege and it is all found in the Great Commission. That is our eternal purpose. Our involvement in that work will be the basis of any rewards we receive following our passage from this life to eternity. Salvation is completely free. We receive it. We do nothing to earn it. We cannot lose it. However, our response to God after we receive salvation is the basis of our rewards we receive (or not) from His hand.

Christian! You can spend the rest of your earthly life trying (without success) to change American society for the better. Ultimately, it will all be for nothing. In the meantime, how many people will you pass by that are in desperate need of salvation, but you did little to nothing because you believed the lie that your “highest” calling was to reclaim American society? God will not allow those whom you failed to evangelize to not hear the gospel. They will hear it, somehow and some way. God will use someone else for the job. You were too busy fighting political battles.

Please consider something. During the days of Noah (Genesis 6 – 9), the people of this world were evil, continually thinking evil thoughts and doing evil deeds – that God could only save one man and his immediate family. In spite of the fact that Noah was building a literal wooden ocean liner and it had never rained on the earth up to that point (dew watered the plants), not one person thought about the upcoming peril that the Ark portended. Notice also that not once do we see Noah trying to change society and yet, clearly, God had created all of society to be something quite different from what it had become. God could have used other individuals before Noah if He was interested in attempting to change society. He didn’t. He allowed society to go where it naturally went, stepping in only to save here and there, or in Noah’s case, to restart.

The same thing applies to Lot and his situation. Even though he was a leader in the city (Genesis 19), and had influence, he did not try to change the society of Sodom/Gomorrah. Yes, he tried to dissuade the homosexual men and boys from what they intended to do to the angelic messengers, but he had absolutely no sway over society. In the end, both the planet during Noah’s time and the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah during Lot’s time were destroyed. Neither man was held responsible for the destruction.

Christian, our job is to walk through this life living righteous, quiet lives. We should not be lazy and put in a full day’s work. We should live the gospel in our actions and our words. Our job – and may we never forget it – is to preach the gospel to the lost. Once we become saved, our status changes from unrighteous to righteous. We are to live a life that matches our new standing. That’s what most of the epistles in the New Testament are all about.

Involvement in politics often breeds contempt for those who do not think as we think. People who call themselves Christians have been caught using terribly offensive language in reference to various politicians (including the president). Why? Because they are seen as enemies of society, but they still need to hear the gospel of Jesus. They still need to be given the opportunity to hear the truth. Paul did this with Roman officials and was polite and respectful in the process. Daniel and others were as well. We can and should learn from them.

Christian, stop listening to the lies of the enemy of our souls. Your eternal purpose is not found in attempting to change society so that Jesus can return sooner. The time of His return is already set…in stone. Your eternal purpose is in being a living, breathing, speaking example of what it means to have salvation so that others will see Christ in you.

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