Each day we wake up and wonder what it is that we are going to do that day. You may question why you have to go to school another day when you would rather be doing anything else. You might be in a place in life where you feel like you have absolutely no clue what to do. As a teenager it is easy to get distracted by the world around you and lose sight of your purpose on this earth.
Our purpose is not to be the best athlete, the coolest kid in school, or the straight A student. Those things seem glamorous, but we are called to something far greater. We have a purpose here on this earth, and that purpose is simple.
Our purpose is to be a reflection of Jesus.
Matthew 5:13-16 describes us as the “salt of the earth.” It goes on to call us “the light of the world.” Verse 16 commands you to “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”. It is so easy to become preoccupied with the things of the world and fitting in, when we should be standing out and being the light that our world so desperately needs.
We have a shared purpose as Christians, and that is to be disciples of Christ. This isn’t always easy. This requires us to become uncomfortable and live a life that is not about ourselves.
Isaiah 43:6-7 requires us to live that self-sacrificing life. Matthew 28:16-20 commands us to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
You don’t have to travel to Uganda to live out your purpose, you can walk in your purpose each day everywhere you go.
You may wonder “How do I live a life like Jesus?” Living this life means that we are sharing the love of Christ in each action that we take. Jesus demonstrated service and our purpose when he walked the earth. It is our duty to mimic His actions and love. When we begin to truly love like Jesus, others will see the joy that flows from that love, and they will chase after it as well. This is when the Kingdom is furthered and our purpose is in action.
I encourage you to live out your purpose each day in everything you do. When you see someone sitting alone at lunch, be like Jesus and go sit with them. When your friend needs someone to listen to them, be like Jesus and lend an ear. When that difficult person in your life pushes your buttons, be like Jesus and give them grace.
WRITTEN BY: KATY COPELAND
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
6 ...bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, 7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory...
- Isaiah 43:6-7 says that we are created for God’s glory. How does being a reflection of Jesus give God glory?
- What in your life is distracting you from fulfilling your purpose?
- Christians are called to be salt and light in this world. What does it mean to be salt? What does it mean to shine as a light that is seen by others? What are some practical ways we can live as salt and light this week?