Have You Ever Wondered Why You’re Here?

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).

Have you ever wondered why you’re here? Of course you have. Every human being who has ever walked this planet has considered that question to one degree or another. I believe God has designed it so, as it is a question that should naturally lead us to our need for a relationship with Him. Sadly, the majority of humanity does not pursue the question sufficiently or humbly enough to arrive at that conclusion.

But what about those who do? Once we are born into God’s family and relationship is established with Him, do we automatically recognize our purpose? Speaking from personal experience—and from what I’ve learned in talking with other believers—far too often the answer is no.

A case in point was a recent discussion by some of my dearest friends and colleagues on a Christian writers’ loop. The discussion revolved around our ministry, and what part our writing played in that ministry. I enjoyed the variety of answers and responses, but I realized how easily we get sidetracked into thinking our writing—or our singing or preaching or counseling—is our ministry.

Jesus summed up His ministry—which should therefore be ours as well—when He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed Me….” He was explaining His purpose in coming: preaching the gospel, healing the brokenhearted, preaching deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, setting at liberty those who are oppressed, and preaching the acceptable year of the Lord. To summarize, He was explaining that He was here to reconcile “the world to Himself” (see 2 Corinthians 5:19), employing the means outlined in Luke 4:18-19. What does that tell us about our ministry? That same verse in 2 Corinthians goes on to explain that Christ “has committed to us [true believers] the word [ministry] of reconciliation.”

That’s our ministry, folks. Christ, the anointed One, was here to reconcile the world to Himself. Now He has returned to the Father, and He has committed the ministry of reconciliation to us. That may read out differently in each of our lives, but the purpose is the same. There is no greater calling, beloved. It is so great that Christ has shared the anointing of His Spirit with us so that we might be effective in this ministry of reconciliation. However God has gifted you, trust that His Spirit will lead and guide and anoint you to fulfill your calling—the ministry of reconciliation—so that at the end of your earthly sojourn, you may hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest books are:
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”


and


“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

Her new novels:
No Greater Love
More than Conquerors
The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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