Many have asked the question, “Why am I here?” It is a good question, only if we go to the right source for the answer. Paul in a sense asked this question as he sat in a damp, dark cell in prison. Thinking about the last verse from yesterday and the words that follow, help us to discover how he answered the question.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me” (Philippians 1:21–24).
First, Paul resolved that if he was going to continue living “in the flesh” (in this physical body), it must be ONLY as a pure, clear reflection of Christ for others to see. Secondly, if that were the case, it must “mean fruitful labor” for him. The two principles must go together! To “live… Christ” will automatically result in “fruitful” ministry.
This immediately raises a question about the fruitfulness of our ministries. When I say “ministries,” I am not confining it to what is done in churches or the mission field. Every avenue of life has a “ministry” aspect to it, starting with our marriages and families. If these areas of life are not bearing fruit, then you cannot expect public ministry to be fruitful. Likewise, the more we allow the Spirit to form Christ in us, the more fruitful our lives and ministry will be (John 15:5-8).
After reading this, can you say that you know why you are here? It must be a fruitful purpose that glorifies God and propels His work forward.
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