Why are you here?
Why are you here? Not on this website reading this post, but here, on earth. What’s your purpose? What’s your mission?
This sense of purpose and mission is important to fulfillment in life. It’s hard not to get in some dark places if you feel like your existence is pointless. So whether you feel like you have no idea what your mission is or have a good handle on it, here are a few things to help you evaluate why you’re here.
Your purpose and mission are deeply connected to Jesus.
Every person is meant to find freedom from selfishness, pride, depression, anger and all the other effects of sin in Jesus. When a person puts their faith in Jesus they are not only believing in him as a Savior but submitting their life to his ways. The Bible tells us as we grow in our faith Jesus is formed in us. It also says we should put Jesus and his ways on like clothes. So inside and outside we are becoming more like Jesus and living in his life-giving ways. His purpose and mission become ours. So what was (is) Jesus’ mission?
Jesus’ mission is redemption and restoration.
In Luke 4 Jesus reads a passage from Isaiah and then tells the people listening that his presence signals the fulfillment of that passage.
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he as anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Jesus’ purpose and mission were to redeem people from the power of sin–however it had marred them–and to restore them to wholeness in perfect relationship to God and each other. Jesus came to proclaim the good news, heal people from all the illnesses and diseases that plagued them, rid them of the chains of human oppression and bondage to sin. Sin and death had taken the whole world captive and he came to free it.
Simply put, the mission of Jesus was (and is) to restore all things and all people to what they were meant to be. This required his perfect example, his atoning sacrifice for sin, and his victory over sin and death through his death and resurrection. Whatever your mission is, it is meant to be a part of the redeeming and restoring mission of Jesus.
You are supposed to be unique.
While all of us are meant to participate in the redeeming and restoring work of Jesus we shouldn’t all do it in the same way. You have unique passions, abilities, life circumstances, and a unique personality. These are not things you need to give up to embrace the mission of Jesus, rather, these are the very things God wants you to use to participate in that mission. How does someone in your line of work facilitate redemption and restoration of the things that aren’t as they should be? How could your abilities be used to work for these things?
Try it out.
Obviously this post isn’t an exhaustive guide to knowing your mission and pursuing it. Hopefully it gives you some things to consider that can point you in the right direction. One of the best ways to figure out your purpose and mission is to try things. When you think of an idea that seems to fit well with who you are and with Jesus’ mission of redemption and restoration just try it out. See if it works. See if you find fulfillment in it. If not you’ll learn from the experience and continue growing.