What’s the Purpose of Your Life? Considering the Call of God

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What is your life calling? To what are you giving your life? On Sunday, we looked at God’s call in the Apostle Paul’s life from Colossians 1:24-29. From this passage, we saw that by God’s power, we are to fulfill the call that God has given us. We saw three elements of God’s call in the lives of believers.

First, God calls us to suffer (Col. 1:24). When we follow Christ, we will experience hardship. The Apostle Paul faced extreme agony as he served the Lord. Jesus said that believers should expect difficulty (John 16:33). Suffering is part of the Christian experience; enduring hardship is one element of God’s call in our lives.

Second, God calls us to share the gospel widely (Col. 1:25-28). God had called Paul to make known the beautiful reality of Christ in you to the Gentiles. In other words, the Gentiles could come to know Christ and be a part of the people of God. Paul sought to proclaim the gospel widely to all people.

Third, God calls us to labor to make disciples (Col. 1:28-29). Paul said that he worked tirelessly to present everyone mature in Christ. In other words, Paul sought to teach new Christians how to walk with Christ and how to mature in their faith.

As we look at this passage, we get an understanding of the call of God for every believer. We are meant to fulfill God’s call in His power. But how? We suffer while trusting God. We share the gospel with others. We make disciples. This is the heart of God’s call for every Christian– the preacher, the banker, the mechanic, the professor, the farmer. We are meant to share Jesus and make disciples even in hardship. Are you telling others about Jesus? Are you making disciples? Are you living out God’s purpose for your life?