Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life

Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life

Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.
– John 10:10

In not so many words, Jesus summed up the mission of the devil (herein called the thief) on earth; he came to steal from mankind, as well as to kill and to destroy them. Now, this diabolical mission of the devil is not to be taken literally, as he does not just steal material things, neither does he merely snuff out the life when he kills, nor only just destroys tangibles. His assignments are far more horrendous than that.

For instance, in addition to stealing our asset; he also seeks to steal our peace, joy, harmony, virginity, conscience, rewards, attention, focus and so on. Moreover, he does not only kill someone physically – as if that is not bad enough – but, he also seeks to kill our dreams, enthusiasm, energy, moral, morale, passion, spirituality and so forth; while, his destructive mission also extends to our labour, marriage, testimony, plan, source of pride, harvests, environments, atmospheres, as well as our relationships with God, with spouse, and with others, among other things.

However, Jesus came to do the opposite. He came that we may have life instead of the death and destruction that the devil has in his kitty for us. Having courted death and destruction because of the disobedience in the Garden of Eden, Jesus came to offer Himself as the once-for-all propitiation to remove the death sentence on humankind by dying on the cross. There, He also took on the doom that was the lot of humans on account of the curse pronounced after the fall, by so doing wiping out the knell of destruction hovering around humans for sins committed.

Jesus came to do that much for us. But He forces the gifts He offers on no one. Only those who accept Him as their Lord and Saviour can benefit from His ministry, His offerings, and His works. Will you?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Execute God’s Will

Purpose: Sent to Execute God’s Will

Purpose: Sent to Execute God’s Will

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 6:38

Among other missions, Jesus also came to execute the will of God. He came to ensure that the counsel of God on every matter is upheld and the pleasures of God are consummated.

God’s will is an indicator of the opinion of God on any matter. There is no middle course with God. He has an opinion about every issue under heaven, and this His bias can also be called His will. God has a will concerning living, attitude, career and business, marriage, as well as other forms of being and social interactions. It is this will that Jesus came to fulfil.

He did not come to lord the will of God over His people; He actually came to acquaint us with what God’s will is by unveiling them in His teachings, parables and miracles. He reached out to the lost that God wanted them saved; He told the confused that God wanted them to have clarity; He assured the blind that God wanted them to see; He helped the infirm to appreciate that God wanted them whole, and He helped the poor to understand that God had no delight in their misery, but is very passionate about their success. He ministered to various life situations, and by so doing established the will of God concerning such matters. He did not do what God wouldn’t do or wouldn’t want to be done. He only instituted the counsel of God, with no vestige of personal agenda. He was a worthy Ambassador of God.

Just like Jesus, there are a number of individuals called to enforce the will of God on earth. These people are usually knowledgeable about the Bible, which contains the whole counsel of God, and they go to a great length to inform, enlighten and persuade others as to how to access God and operate in compliance with His will.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Anointed to Change Identity

Purpose: Anointed to Change Identity

Purpose: Anointed to Change Identity

And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
John 1:42

One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to offer us a new lease of life, which includes a change of identity. During His earthly ministry, He changed the identity and status of many people from negative to positive; He also changed the course of many lives from aimlessness to purposeful living.

In pursuance of His purpose, many who were hitherto known as barren became fruitful; the blind became sighted; the lame and handicapped became agile; the dead became living; the sick became whole; the poor became rich; the struggling became champions, the lost and strayed became restored, and so on.

There is no one who really had an encounter with Jesus and remained the same. Simon went to Him as a struggling, illiterate and impulsive fisherman and ended up becoming a mature, sound and spirit-filled leader. The same thing with the outcast and timid Mary Magdalene, she rose to become a woman of influence. Zacchaeus was a much-vilified person, but the day he encountered Jesus, he discovered the real essence of life. That is what Jesus is all about: He changes people and things for the better.

Even as He has physically departed from the earth, He did not leave us without witnesses; there are people whom He has anointed to carry on the assignment of helping people to choose better, live better and become better. These are people with unusual wisdom for accurate analysis of any situation, with commensurate ability to proffer effective solutions that will turn things around for the better. This calling is suitable to those who are committed to living pure so that they can maintain communion with the Holy Spirit, as it is practically impossible to fulfil this mandate without the help of the Holy Spirit.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Take Away Sins

Purpose: Sent to Take Away Sins

Purpose: Sent to Take Away Sins

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 1:29

Sin is often described as missing the mark or falling short of divine standard in attitude, ways, thinking, speech, or conducts. It is also a direct offshoot of disobedience. In fact, every form of disobedience – no matter how minor – is a sin.

For this purpose, Jesus also came – to take away the sins of the world. There is no greater hindrance factor than sin; sin inhibits access, stalls progress, blocks paths, deflates enthusiasm, truncates hope, prevents breakthrough, provokes ill will, limits capacity, aborts dreams, suppresses potentials, renders efforts fruitless, restrains the hand of God, puts up a wall of resistance, and does much more harm to the sinner.

The experience of sin might seem pleasurable or convenient at the time of indulgence, but the consequences of it are never palatable, and there are always consequences. No man or woman living in sin can hope to manifest his/her full potential on earth or gain access to heaven. Sin does more harm than good to the person, with its effect wrecking havocs on earth and thickening one’s heaven.

But Jesus came to earth to take away the sins of the world. He came to offer Himself as the symbolic sacrificial lamb for the propitiation of sin. He came to assume the weights of our sins so that we can bear them no more. He came to de-risk us by taking upon Himself the liabilities of sin that would have held us back. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

This is one of the few purposes that Jesus does not share with anyone. There can only be one Jesus; there can only be one Lamb of God, and the propitiation for sin has been done once-for-all. God requires no other thing from us than to accept Jesus and all He came to do for humanity and to affirm such in our daily living. That is the only way to key into His fullness and enjoy all the benefits attached.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Declare God

Purpose: Sent to Declare God

Purpose: Sent to Declare God

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
John 1:17

Jesus also came to earth to declare God to us. He came to announce God and shed more light on His personality, His likes and dislikes, His preferences and bias. Before the advent of Christ, a deep knowledge of God wasn’t so widespread and a personal relationship with Him was not universal. Much of the knowing about God then were confined to the weekly sharing in the synagogues of the Jews, and quite a lot of the reasoning about God in other climes were based on speculation.

But upon the arrival of Jesus, He did not just talk at length about the nature of God; He also demonstrated the power of God. He came to remove all the veneers of mystery about God by teaching about Him day and night, offering His listeners unusual insights into the thinking pattern of God, His mode of operations as well as His abilities.

In an era characterised with warfare, conquests and servitude, He came to preach a divine agenda of peace and submission; in a time marked with much oppression and suffering, He came to announce liberty and relief. The picture didn’t look good for many people when He came, neither was the prospect so bright, but He restored hope to many and offered many more an opportunity to live a significant life. Many of those who were vilified and scorned were assured of divine acceptance; numerous people who had given up hope of ever being cured of their diseases were healed and restored to normal living.

Jesus did all these and more while declaring God to the people. Before He bowed out, He empowered many people to carry on the good work, with the signs and wonders of the calling in their wake. Perhaps, you are one of those called to continue in this mandate. There is no way you will proclaim God and you will remain insignificant, so go ahead and fulfil your calling.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Deliver the Kingdom

Purpose: Sent to Deliver the Kingdom

But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” Luke 4:43

One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to introduce the kingdom of God to humankind. After the fall in the Garden of Eden, humans lost several privileges, among them the struggle-free existence and royalty that God had originally intended us to maintain. But God did not desire this to remain so; that was why He initiated the process of restoring humans to the exalted pedestal He had destined for us, so that we can reign as kings on earth. For this reason, Jesus came; to pitch a new world order to us.

The kingdom of God offers the promises of all that man lost in the Garden of Eden, and more. But, unlike before when we would have been birthed into it by default, God would not force anyone to accept it. He thereafter made it a matter of personal choice. The decision to subscribe to it has to be made by each individual; proxy is not allowed.

As it is, the kingdom of heaven has already come to men with the coming, teachings, death, resurrection and eventual ascension of Jesus Christ. But subscribing to it is principally dependent on your willingness to accept it, by accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour; your adopting a paradigm shift in tandem; and your living in manners that affirm your new status.

Just as Jesus came to deliver the lost glories of the kingdom of God to us, some individuals around are similarly called to do so. People with this calling usually have unusual insights about the kingdom of God, and their dissertation on it always leaves the hearers with a lifted spirit and better understanding of what the kingdom is all about. People with this calling have an unusual sense of security and they live above the everyday struggles that humans generally grapple with. Those are parts of the perks that come with the mandate.

If you know any of such persons who proclaim the truth of the kingdom of God, please listen to them (Acts 16:17).

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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