The Beginning of a Purposeful Life

Steve Petroelje

READ: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (v. 15)

In the opening chapter of his book The Purpose Driven Life, author and pastor Rick Warren writes: “It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”

God created each of us for a purpose. He created us to live a life that brings him glory and blesses others. In 2 Corinthians 5:15, we are reminded that in light of Christ’s death, our purpose is not to live for ourselves, but for Jesus who died and was raised. Is that the purpose of your life? How are you striving each day to live a life worthy of God’s calling in ways that positively impact his kingdom?

If the purpose of your life has been self-centered, how can you begin a purposeful life? Let the words of 1 Corinthians 15:58 motivate you to a life of purpose: “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

Thank you, O Savior, for the purposeful life that I can live for you! Help me to live with purpose today, honoring you and blessing those around me. Amen.