Jesus knew why He was here from the very beginning and that gave Him clarity to do all He was given to do without complaint. What He was given to do was not easy for sure. It was not pleasant. It was hard. It was impossible for anyone else but Him to accomplish, but He knew what it was, and it helped Him say no to innovative ideas that were not His purpose.
Luke 4:42-44 says: “And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.’ And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.”
We would do well to know our God-sent purpose on earth, too. It helps us say “yes” to the good requests that are right for us and “no” to the good requests that are not right for us. Each of us will be invited to do far more good things than we are equipped and prepared to do in one lifetime. It’s essential that we know our true purpose, so we don’t get caught up doing things that are asked of us from good-intentioned people who are not God.
Jesus came to earth to do one thing and one thing only—fulfill God’s purpose. What is God’s purpose for you?
I get it. I find it hard to stay focused on what God wants me to do for Him here on earth. I see so many great ideas that capture my attention and even my daydream life. I want to be a person who is helpful to others. Yet, my ideas are not always the best.
Knowing why God has us here at this time and for what reason is hard for mere mortals. Jesus seemed to have it better figured out. In my book Passion on Purpose, I wrote out the seven areas that Jesus rewards us as the seven areas to focus on for good living. Jesus is clear with us that he wants to reward us for how we live here on earth (Revelation 22:12; Matthew 16:27; 2 Timothy 4:7-8).
What Is Jesus Looking for In Our Lives?
- Jesus gives heavenly rewards to those who use their financial resources for His kingdom. (Matthew 6:19-21)
- Jesus gives rewards for the spiritual disciplines we practice with the right motives. (Matthew 5-8; 16-18; 1 Cor. 9:17; 1 Cor. 4:5)
- Jesus gives rewards for standing up for your faith. (Matthew 5:11-12; Luke 6:22-23; Rev. 2:10; James 1:12)
- Jesus gives rewards for the way you treat others (Matthew 10:40-42; Luke 14:12-14; Hebrews 6:10; 1 Thess. 2:19-20; Mark 9:41; Luke 6:32-35)
- Jesus gives rewards for dedicating everything you do to glorify God. 23-25; Romans 12:1)
- Jesus gives rewards for keeping God’s Word pure. (2 John 7-8; Rev. 2-3)
- Jesus gives rewards for being watchful for His return. (2 Timothy 4:8; Luke 12:35-48; Mark 13:32-37)
These rewards lead me to the reason “why” I am here still. I want to be doing these seven things until my time on earth is done.