Purpose: Created to Serve

Purpose: Created to Serve

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”
Mark 10:45

Here is another purpose of Jesus Christ, from His own mouth – He came to serve. Now, isn’t that a contrast to the first purpose we meditated on in this series? Then, we saw that He came to lead. Now, we are reading Him saying that He also came, NOT TO BE SERVED, but to serve.

This establishes two things: Firstly, even as we have established at the outset and is unfolding in subsequent editions, all the purposes of mankind are encapsulated in Jesus. Secondly, Jesus was created to lead and to serve. That means there is no leadership without service; the two go hand in hand. But, considering this in a literary sense, Jesus came to serve, and so are many of us today.

Although, this may not sound palatable, very few people are called to lead – maybe, using the 80/20 rule, about 20% of humanity are called to lead; while the rest people in the 80% bracket are meant to fulfil their own calling by supporting and serving them in various capacities.

On the other hand, leadership is also contextual; as one may be called to lead in certain places and still function as a subordinate or follower in another context. An example of this is in a church setting where the overseer is usually the leader. But there could be heads of government, heads of organisations and dignitaries in other setup attending that church, who are leaders of people in their own right. In the church, these people are subject to the pastor; but, in their own calling, people are subject to them.

Meanwhile, there are people who are at home receiving orders from others and being told what to do. There are people who would feel extremely frustrated when put in a pole position with the responsibility of leading and directing others. There are people who derive great joy working behind the scene as part of a leader’s support system, making him look great to the world. If any of these describes you, perhaps, you are called to serve.

Now, this is not a thing of shame; it is a blessed calling (Acts 20:35). The key is to be true to yourself and do your best to fulfil your calling, because God will not bless you or demand accountability from you based on the title of your calling, but on account of what you do with it.

Many delude themselves about their calling, holding that they are meant to lead others; whereas they are better suited serving a leader whose assignment resonates with their own inclination. Most people in this situation end up doing nothing and leaving no imprint whatsoever anywhere. That will not be your portion.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Created to Preach

Purpose: Created to Preach

But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”
– Mark 1:38

Preaching is one of the missions of Jesus Christ on earth. Likewise, some of us are sent to preach the gospel. There are people who can be called born preachers, as every encounter they found themselves is an opportunity to charge and exhort others, never missing a chance to sow a seed of the word.

If you are the type who loves sharing your knowledge to inspire and impart others; perhaps, you might have been called to preach. Being a preacher means you must be versed in the word of God. Otherwise, you will be found wanting in your calling and will end up propagating heresies and dogma. A panoramic knowledge of the Holy Bible is the major resource you need to preach – in addition to a life of constant prayer and fasting.

As a preacher, you must also have a persuasive mien and cultivate good communication skills in order to keep your audience engaged and interested in what you are saying. Jesus did this with flourish; He was always punctuating His sermons with parables and miracles.

You also need wisdom, because people will come and seek your counsel on all sorts of issues, even in areas you are not specialized in. The modern day preacher is a potpourri consultant of sorts, handling various issues on relationships, business, career, marriage, parenting, et cetera (But, those are even the preachers who are perceived to know their onions). To be able to resolve all these issues, you need wisdom; and that is where the word of God comes in handy; it is the source of wisdom. The counsel of God concerning all matters has been documented in the Holy Bible for your reference. To fulfil your calling to preach, you must make the Bible your companion.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Called to the Backslidden

Purpose: Called to the Backslidden

But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 15:24

We saw few days ago the calling of Jesus to the Gentiles so that they could be saved and become part of the commonwealth of Israel. Another assignment He came to execute is seen in our reference scripture above – He was sent to the lost sheep of Israel.

The Bible already redefines the descendants of Abraham as those who believe in Jesus (Romans 4; Galatians 3). This is referring to Christians.

But, having confessed Jesus as Lord does not mean one is forever saved. The transitional nature of salvation requires that one continues to work out his/her salvation in thoughts, in speech, in attitude, in conducts, and in action. If one does not take heed to these, there is a tendency to stray from the Way.

Straying in this regard does not nullify one’s status as a believer, it only means one would not enjoy the full benefits of the redeemed. And if such a person persists in his/her waywardness, he/she would be giving satan a good ground to stake a claim for his/her soul.

It is so that this does not happen that Jesus was sent to this category of people as well – the lost sheep of Israel. Note that these are not the same people as those who have not believed and received Jesus as their Lord. The lost sheep of Israel are those who are already believers but have backslidden. Jesus was sent to bring them back into the fold. Some of us are called for this same purpose too.

Are you more inclined to work on believers who are either struggling in their Christian life, are at the brink of backsliding, or who have already gone astray? That could be an indication to your calling. While no believer should neglect the universal commission to reach out to the unsaved, it is also important that those who have been saved are not lost to the wiles of satan and the pressures of life.

If you are naturally disposed to doing all you could to encourage struggling or backslidden believers to remain in the faith, you are very important in the divine scheme of things, as you are partnering with Jesus to retain His flock.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Called to the Outcasts

Purpose: Called to the Outcasts

I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will declare justice to the Gentiles.
– Matthew 12:18

One of the purposes Jesus came to execute on earth was reaching out to the Gentiles. A Gentile is anyone who is not a Jew. At a point in history, God called out Abraham, the ancestor of the Jews, to Himself, and ordained him and his descendants for intimate fellowship. God entered a covenant with Abraham, with terms and benefits, and He subsequently related mostly with the children of Abraham – the Jews.

Because of His intimacy with them, God also placed a strict regime of conducts on the Jews so that they would not get too familiar with Him and would maintain an enabling state for intimacy. The Jews were also forbidden from mingling with the peoples of other nationalities – the Gentiles, so they don’t become compromised. Therefore, in the divine order then, anyone who was not a Jew was an outcast. Such a person had no part in the Abrahamic covenant and its benefits. Meanwhile, it was possible to become a Jew by naturalisation, but the requirements were so stringent.

At a point in time, even the Jews themselves lost connection with God and became outcasts in His reckoning. Jesus then had to come, among other reasons, to reconcile the estranged Jews and the willing Gentiles to God. So that they can all be part of the new commonwealth of Israel and be beneficiaries of all the privileges reserved for the Jews alone.

In other words, we can say Jesus came to reach out to the outcasts and offer them the privileges of a royal born. He came to remove the wall of partition that had hitherto blocked the Gentiles from the knowledge of God and His benefits. He came to give the outcasts a sense of belonging. Some of us are also created for this same purpose – with a burden to reach out to the oppressed, the denied and the cast-away and offer them succour.

Do you feel disturbed seeing injustice meted out to anyone or a group of people who do not have a say? Do you become worried when you see people being marginalised? Do you have a mind of doing good to all without leaving anyone out? Perhaps, you are one of these people. If you can confidently say you are, then this should not be a mere head knowledge; you need to start doing something about it. And if you are already doing that, then please don’t stop.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Called to Sinners

Purpose: Called to Sinners

For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
– Matthew 9:13

Here is one of the reasons Jesus came to earth – to call sinners to repentance. Repentance is a state of being that precedes salvation. It is that point when one’s steel resolve is broken, in the light of an encounter with Jesus, and one admits his/her wrong and is willing to make a fresh start. Just like Jesus, some people are created for this same purpose. They are called to show the unreached and the unbelievers the better options that are available in Jesus Christ.

Indeed, every Christian is called to preach the gospel. Evangelism is part of the mandates that come with the Christian calling. But, the truth is, some Christians are more burdened than others about the salvation of souls. To this category of Christians, ministering the gospel is not just a matter of being asked to do it at church or fellowship, it is an addiction. They are naturally compelled to do it, and their day would not be complete until they have reached out to someone.

This does not excuse the other Christians who are not doing this. In fact, any Christian who is not doing it is operating below par.

But, beyond the general calling, there are Christians who are greatly agitated seeing people who live as if there is no life after death. They are disturbed when they meet people who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord. They always want to preach to everyone who comes their way. Even if such people don’t listen, these soul-winners would still have their say. They don’t give up and they are not easily deterred when their targets give them a tough time.

God considers them wise (Proverbs 11:30), and great are their rewards in heaven. Does this sound like you?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Created to Enforce

Purpose: Created to Enforce

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
– Matthew 5:17

Perhaps, to the surprise of His listeners who had craved a new world order and had hoped He would be the catalyst of that, Jesus declared that He came to earth, not to abolish the existing laws and the ancient writs of the prophets, but to enforce them. In other words, He did not come to scuttle the system, but to uphold it; not to disparage the tradition, but to sustain it. Some of us are also called to do this.

There are individuals with a natural tendency to ensure that the tradition, culture, and standards of a system are strictly upheld. These people are not necessarily leaders, but they make a great support system for any leader. They are the dreamed allies of every leader; in fact, they make a leader great. They are good managers, supervisors, subordinates or ardent followers. Career-wise, they will also make great enforcers of the law, activists or campaigners.

Do you often feel disturbed seeing standards and norms being flouted around you? Does the desecration of the system’s culture bother you? Perhaps, you are one of those created to set us right. Interestingly, individuals with this calling are usually labelled conservative, old school and sorts by the carefree. Conservative, yes; because they are here to help us conserve our heritage and beauties. But they are appropriately called the purist. We are largely indebted to them for the preservation of the historical records and artefacts we have around today.

Are you one of them? Then happy are the people around you because you will be their natural conscience. Don’t mind the criticism; only be true to God, yourself, your people, and your world. Very soon, they will come to appreciate you.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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