An executive hirer, a “head-hunter” who goes out and hires corporation executives for other firms, once told Josh McDowell, “When I get an executive that I’m trying to hire for someone else, I like to disarm him. I offer him a drink, take my coat off, then my vest, undo my tie, throw up my feet and talk about baseball, football, family, whatever, until he’s all relaxed. Then, when I think I’ve got him relaxed, I lean over, look him square in the eye and say, “What’s your purpose in life?” It’s amazing how top executives fall apart at that question.
“Well, I was interviewing this fellow the other day, had him all disarmed, with my feet up on the desk, talking about football. Then I leaned up and said, “What’s your purpose in life, Bob?” And he said, without blinking an eye, ‘To go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.’ For the first time in my career I was speechless.”
It’s refreshing to be reminded that some Christians are actually aware of their purpose in life.
Jesus says that he came to seek and save the lost. The salvation of lost souls is the top priority for Jesus, and it should also be the main concern of Christians. At the conclusion of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus gives the great commission to his followers to go and make disciples for him, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us to do.
Some people who follow Jesus never do really grasp what their main mission is all about. Some churches lose sight of their purpose, becoming distracted by other things, which might not necessarily be bad things to do, but they are not the main mission of the church.
Let’s always be striving to focus on our purpose in life—to go to heaven and take as many people with us as we can.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”—Matthew 28:18-20.