Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Finding purpose.

One of our favorite subjects on the planet, and one I have written about here countless times, is figuring out our purpose. It's the goal that has launched a million backpacking trips across Europe and an equal number of mid-life crisises. But as complicated as we make it and as difficult as it often feels, Paul felt like it was pretty simple. Here is what he says in Galations 5:13:

"You, my brothers, were called to be free."

That's it. That is our purpose, to be free. Nothing fancy. Nothing complex or difficult or mystically spiritual. Freedom, that is our gift and our purpose. That is the word that is supposed to define our lives.

So are you living it? Would people describe you as free? Or are you embracing slavery in some way? Are there chains on you people might not see? Because you can go to Europe a thousand times and get the fastest sports car on the planet, but at the end of the day, if you're not free, you're not living your purpose and that's a tragedy.

Be free today.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jon,

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grey like snuffie said...

This is great. Another "Christian" thing is each new trend of finding Jesus. The purpose of life one has really consumed people. When does Jesus stand alone. Being authentic seems to be big now. I just want Jesus, not the newest wave to hit the mega churches that then filters down. Just tell me more about Jesus.

Anonymous said...

I needed to read this today.
Glad I found it!
Toni

Cassandra said...

absolutely. amen.

Lindsey said...

This just blew me away.

How have I overlooked that verse before?? It's so simple, but it's really big.

This post has definitely got me thinking a lot.

Thanks!

Brett said...

great insight on freedom, bro. got one issue though. it frustrates me when people grab a verse and say, "this is it." i don't think that's what you are really trying to do here. freedom isn't really a purpose, is it? it's a way to live life. it's something to "be", not something to do. galatians is all about shedding rules that we think make us good enough for God to love. paul is pretty adamant that relying on anything other than Christ for your salvation is a bad, bad thing. check out the verse before the one you quoted. ouch!
live free. (not strong, sorry lance.) find your purpose, with no constraints.
just my thoughts...

kevin said...

freedom in the midst of slavery
freedom and fear from everything
indeed the Chrsitian life
what a threat!

R.L.Scovens said...

There are too many Christians who don't know what true freedom is. Kind of sad.