While reading in 2nd Timothy 3, I was challenged by three things that Paul said were obvious to the man he was mentoring.
But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance.
2 Timothy 3:10
I was struck by the importance of the three items mentioned in the first sentence.
I began asking if I know the answer to these three questions for myself? Do I know them about those who I regard as role models or leaders in my own life?
As a wife, mom and influencer of people, I realized this held a great personal catch phrase, a motivational one liner for myself.
“Teach, and live with purpose.”
If I could keep this in my mind at all times, this would guide my words and actions.
However, before you start living by this little phrase you need to know the answers to the three questions listed above.
What do you teach?
How do you live?
What is your purpose?
I found that each person who impacted me lived out the answer in these areas. They didn’t even have to speak.
Examining my heart and asking God for direction helped me to narrow down some answers for my own life. Here is a concise version of what I came up with. Some of these are very specific to what I believe my message and calling are all about.
I teach that all people are loved and valued by God, so much so that he sent his son to die on the cross so we could have salvation for our sins. Jesus Christ then defeated death by rising again and he is now seated in glory and honour in heaven. If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart than you will be saved.
I live to bring glory and honour to the Lord. This is done through consistently seeking His face, reading His word and valuing meeting together with other Christians – I am committed to my church. I endeavour to live a holy and set apart life that puts the Lord FIRST, and then my family. I seek to live a life that is always improving and becoming more like Christ.
My purpose is to impart into others the fact that they are called by God and he has special works for them to do. Each person has a destiny that God desires them to walk in. My purpose is to encourage them to see that the only one holding them back is themselves and that what the enemy means for evil in their life, God can turn for good, and save many people from it.
Identifying what my purpose is helps me to filter my words, actions, and even priorities through it. Knowing that I value encouraging people to walk in their destiny, I will spend my time on encouraging over other ministry opportunities that aren’t in line with that.
I’d love to hear what your purpose in life is! If you don’t know, take time to ask God and he will show you. Often the things closest to your heart reflect what he has given you a message about!