Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.…
At some point everyone has to face the question “Why am I doing this?” When I get part way into a school year, I ask myself that question. I ask it after a few weeks or months of working a job. It’s a question I face on those mornings when I just really don’t want to get up. I think even think about it after a particularly difficult time of serving in ministry.
Sometimes, in the middle of boredom, tiredness, hurt, or feeling incompetent it can be hard to remember my purpose in doing what I do. I don’t try to deny my emotions, but I do need to have a response that is based on fact. In times when I’m low on motivation, I need a decision that’s already been made. That’s why I decided to come up with my personal, definitive answer to this question. I like to call it my mission statement. It’s my purpose for living and should back everything that I do. If I can’t use my mission statement to explain why I’m doing something, I need to seriously question whether I’m really supposed to be doing that thing.
My Mission Statement
- Know God- “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)
- Love God- “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
- Live With God- “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
- Glorify God- “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”(Ephesians 2:10)
The New City Catechism puts it like this: “God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.”
So why do I go to work and do school? To glorify God by doing my best work and telling others about Him when I get the opportunity.
Why do I pray and study the Bible? To live with God and know Him better. The more I live with and know Him, the more I will love Him too.
Why do I waste time scrolling through social media? Uhhh…
Get it? Good! Now it’s your turn. (Scary, I know) Get your free mission statement worksheet here to put your life purpose in your own words and check how your life lines up.