The Purpose of One’s Life
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:1-4)
It’s a wonderful thing when an individual can sum up the entire purpose of his life in a brief, simple statement. That’s exactly what Paul does here. He was a slave of Jesus … out of love, and by choice. He was called as an apostle, sent out to preach, teach, establish new churches, and oversee the spread of the gospel. He separated himself wholly to this gospel (Greek: euangelion- good news). His passion was a Person, none other than Jesus Christ Himself.
This Jesus—the passion of Paul and countless others after him—is none other than the Son of God. Proof of Jesus’ Divinity is His resurrection from the dead. He rose, therefore He is all that He claimed to be, and all that was predicted of Him in hundreds of Old Testament prophecies. Jesus is Lord!
It was through Jesus Christ that Paul discovered his meaning and purpose in life. From the time of his conversion until his eventual martyrdom at the hand of the wicked emperor Caesar Nero, Paul was on a mission to please his new Master. His passion for a Person has been a blessing to us all.
For Further Review
1. Notice the pattern of Paul’s summary of his life’s purpose: his allegiance, his calling, his focus, his main theme. Identify this pattern in the first few verses.
2. Can you summarize your purpose in life in a single statement, as Paul the apostle did in Romans 1:1-4? Why not try to do that right now, using Paul’s words as a pattern.
3. Why is it only right and proper to name Jesus as our Master and Lord? What are His credentials, and why does this make sense for us to do?
4. Is Jesus your Lord and Master? If so, what evidence is there in your life to demonstrate that relationship?