The Purpose of One’s Life

purposePaul, 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?

  1. Don Denny
    November 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Pastor Bill, thank you for this message on Paul. God is so good because this is the second light bulb experience this week. Your comment that Paul was a servant of Christ out of love and choice. Yes choice is my light bulb for today. Nietzsche made such an issue out of the slave issue but he did not understand choice. Pat is attending a great women’s bible study of over 400 women. She came home and told me they had a study on the ten commandments and the person who gave the message reminded them that if we followed the first two we would never break the other eight. I am old Pastor Bill but that was a concept that had never crossed my mind, another light bulb.

    Looking forward to seeing you on the 14th.

    In Christ Jesus,

  2. Jane Reed
    November 8, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    (#3). Jesus’s credentials are so clearly identified in scripture and in life. He is the Son of God. What is also so exciting is our lack of credentials ….Let me explain. In a study of the book of Acts my reading today included: Acts 4:13, “The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ORDINARY MEN WHO HAD NO SPECIAL TRAINING. They also recognized them as men WHO HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.” How amazing that while Christ is who He said he was… other than God, Himself, our only “degree” that really matters is that we have spent time with Him! Maybe this summarizes my purpose in life…..To spend time with Jesus.

  3. November 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Amen, Jane!

  4. November 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Don, I love light bulb experiences too. Paul was a doulos (Greek word), which many connect with the concept of the slave in Exodus 21. In the case where a Hebrew slave had to work off his debts as an indentured servant, he was allowed to go free after six years. But if he chose to remain with his master because he loved him and wanted to serve him the rest of his life, his master would bore a hole in his ear and give him an earring, which would make him a slave by love and a slave serving his master out of choice.

    Looking forward to see you too!

  5. November 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Don, it was so great to see you in NWA. You’re a blessing to me, so glad for your friendship and fellowship.

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