I’m not actually wanting you to answer. =)
Nor am I going to give you my answer.
In my 20 years of purposely following Jesus I have heard hundreds of different answers to this question.
In my 20 years of purposely following Jesus I have believed many of the answers.
As I would try to live out whatever purpose I was buying at the time I would inevitably end up in the same place as before. The purpose I was living for was never big enough to contain the Christ that was being revealed in me. So I would have to move on to something else.
It wasn’t until I asked the Lord, Himself, that I finally saw a purpose that was big enough for the King of all creation. The great I AM.
I’m not talking about figuring out from scripture what the purpose of the church is. All the other purposes I tried before I could back up with scripture. I’m talking about asking the living Christ directly. Yes, His answer will be confirmed by scripture, but my experience has been that the very scripture I used before had a whole new meaning when read in light of what Christ revealed to me. What Jesus spoke to my spirit about His purpose for the church was also confirmed in other believers.
But even still, I regularly submit my ideas and understanding to Him to refine. To purge anything of myself that I have brought into His speaking to me. I regularly submit my ideas and understanding to Him to allow for greater revelation and light.
Will you lay your ideas and understandings before Him? Will you open your hand and let go of what you have believed for so long, offering Jesus the opportunity to change those things if He chooses? We needn’t fear losing anything to the Lord. If what we have believed, understood, held onto all these years is truly from Him He will not allow it to be stolen from us. And if He does show us something different from what we’ve held for so long, can we humble ourselves and accept His answer? Can we be wrong for His sake?
Let us ask the One who created the church what His purpose is for the church.
And then let’s wait expectantly for His answer, ready to adjust to what He reveals.
Have you ever allowed the Lord to change your perspective after believing something for a long time? What was your experience after this change?
p.s. This Friday we are beginning our Abide in Christ series.
p.p.s. I’m not gonna approve any comments where someone peddles what they believe to be the purpose of the church, even if I agree with it. =) That’s not really the point of this post.