Why am I here? We ask that question at various times and in various ways. But it is a universal question. It has been a topic of discussion this week in Samana. How one answers the question determines life’s trajectory. Students in the Mathes Pastor Training School have seen God’s answer in multiple class sessions. It seems it might be a good thing to share with everyone.
Samana: Finding Purpose
The answer to our question is ancient. It’s simple yet profound. It’s simplicity might be why so many tend to forget it! Here is God’s answer from Exodus 19:6. God said to Moses:
‘You shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.
As Moses led the people away from Egypt, God established the priesthood. When a man served as priest, he lived at the temple. He served God 24 hours a day. His task was to represent God to the people. And representing God to people was to be the task of the entire nation. How did they do with that? Not so good; but that’s another discussion.
OK, that’s somewhat interesting but you’re not a priest and you don’t go live at church. Really? If that describes you, then a trip into the New Testament may change your thinking. If that happens, then this writing is extremely worthwhile.
Samana: Unchanging God
Our class looked at the Exodus passage. I asked them if that described them. They weren’t sure that it did. We then took a look at I Peter 2:9-10. Peter, writing to the New Testament Church, said:
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY. (NASB)
Here is a very basic question: Did God’s plan ever change? Obviously it didn’t. His people, Old Testament or New, get to represent Him to the world. We have the privilege of serving Him and serving others. The earlier question still applies: How are we doing with that?
Even a quick glance at the condition of our society tells us we need to remember our purpose. What’s the problem? Many things get in the way of the best thing. Some of them are even good. What things amd I thinking about? Well, there’s…
- Keeping up with the Joneses
You can add to the list. Our class in Samana had a moment of revelation as we discussed this topic. Maybe it will help you know your purpose and order life in the way God intends.
Soli Deo Gloria!