We are all created for a greater purpose. The Westminster Shorter Catechism reminds us that the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. John Piper changes the wording slightly to point out the two aren’t mutually exclusive: the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NASB
When we come to accept Jesus Christ’s lordship over our lives, we also should come to understand that our salvation came at a great cost. The cost was so great we could not nor can we ever find the means to pay for it. Jesus’ death on the Cross bought our salvation. Similarly, it bought us. That is why Paul refers to himself in his epistles not just as an apostle of Christ, but as a doulos, a slave of Christ. We don’t like that term slave. It has a dark legacy and rightfully we seek to avoid it when it comes to human history. But when it comes to God the term is appropriate. He is our Master. We are His slaves.
If we want to object to this, we need only remember that we will serve a master. Either He will reign in our lives in His rightful place as sovereign God or our master will be sin. God pointed this out to Cain, saying that sin desired to master him. Cain chose to let sin be his master, rather than God. So if we have to choose between two masters, let us choose the one who has given us something we could not have gotten on our own and let us choose the one who promises rewards and a place with Him in eternity. Let us choose God and God alone.
The thing about this choice is it is an awesome one with respect to what we get out of it. The Almighty doesn’t just have instructions for us to carry out. He has a master plan for each of our lives. He sees what we don’t see; He knows what we don’t know; the future is not hidden from Him. And He takes all of that into account for our lives. He desires us to be more with respect to the Kingdom of Heaven than likely we’ve ever considered for ourselves. His plan is so much greater than ours. So we can choose to live a life that is far less than what God wants for us or we can embrace His plan, answer His call, and fulfill the purpose He has set aside for us.
We can be more than we are. We just need to respond by faith. We need to stop holding ourselves back and allow God to lead us forward. For we were bought with a price: the shed blood of our Savior. And God doesn’t waste His investment. He will make of us all of which we will give to Him. So let’s give it all and watch as He writes an amazing story with our lives. Now lest I be misunderstood in this day of “name it, claim it” preaching and prosperity gospels, keep in mind that what God does will be for His glory and according to His purpose. What He holds of value is usually in direct opposition to what the world does. While others seek material comforts like money, cars, houses, and financial stability, our amazing stories will be how we served God above all else. This isn’t to say God won’t deliver wealth. After all, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus certainly had it when they cared for Jesus’ body. If that is His plan, then embrace the resources God has placed at your disposal and seek Him as to what to do with it. However, God could call us to be nameless among the world, working diligently for Him without ever making a mark in anything most folks consider important or noteworthy in today’s age. That’s okay. If you want your life story to count, it’s not about what you accomplish in this world. It’s about being before Jesus at the Judgment Seat and hearing, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Nothing this world offers can match so great a reward. And that reward awaits all of us who are called by the Holy Spirit to faith. All we’ve got to do is embrace it!