“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work’.'”
– John 4.34
Do you have purpose in your life? On any level? When you get up in the morning, do you set goals for yourself? Do you think about how you can best honor God throughout your day? Or do you just coast through the mundane? Are you making a difference?
In American grade schools we are indoctrinated to believe that you can be whatever you want to be – do whatever you want to do – when you grow up. As collegiate students, idealism is often embraced and students aspire to change the world. My dad often quotes a lesson he was taught as a child “Dare to be Daniel”. The premise, obviously, is to aim to live as courageously as Daniel did and by consequence change the world.
But then sometime in our early twenties, we graduate from college and the “real world” smack us square in the face. We have to find a stable job with a good income. We get married, have kids, buy a dog and settle into the American Dream of the nine to five, barbecues on Friday nights and sleeping in on Saturdays.
But what exactly does living a life of purpose mean? Do we necessarily need to be about changing the world to have purpose? Jesus said “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work”. He literally ate purpose. He survived on purpose. And God had a very specific and clear plan for Jesus’ life. To live as a man, perfectly without sin, to establish disciples, to die on the cross and to raise after three days and to fulfill the Old Testament through His life. He did this so perfectly that He was able to say at the end of His life, “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17.4).
And we know that God has a perfect plan for us. He has established our steps and our ways. No two people’s paths are exactly the same. So to be purposeful, we much each daily submit our paths before the Lord and “eat” His purpose for us. Every action we execute in our life does not in-an-of itself have to change the world, but it should glorify God and affect us.
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10.31).
It’s not about being the best. It’s not about fulfilling your dreams. It’s not about success or money or prestige. It’s about honoring God in the daily activities that He sets before you. Have you surrendered your all to Him? Are you willing to cook breakfast, to dress your kids, to work your job, to eat and sleep, to sell your belongings and move to a foreign country as a missionary – only to His honor? Every river has two banks. If there are no confines to direct its flow, you are left with a flood. Or a still lake. Let’s go somewhere. Let’s flow within the banks of God’s direction and honor Him with our every action. Let’s change the world, starting with our daily lives, eating and drinking and sleeping to His honor.