Do you want to know what your life purpose is?
If you want to know why a thing is there, ask the person that made it.
Therefore if you want to know the meaning of life, the universe and everything, ask God.
Luckily for us, the disciples of Lord Jesus asked Him and He gave them a detailed answer. It’s all nicely written in Matthew 24 and 25.
Unfortunately Matthew 24 & 25 are scary.
It’s wise to remember scary things.
People remember bad things; it’s hard-wired into our brains. Remembering bad stuff keeps us alive. For instance, would the human race be around if our ancestors forgot that the big scary thing with horns was dangerous?
However, God didn’t leave us to run away screaming every time we saw a big scary thing. He gave us a brain up-grade. It’s called the prefrontal cortex.
The prefrontal cortex enables us to say; “Hmmm, I see the big scary cat eating the big scary thing with horns. Perhaps I should also?” This head butting part of the brain enables us to overcome fear and move forward as a species.
So let’s head-butt Matthew 24 & 25 and see what drops out?
Zip version of Mat. 24, 25.
Lord Jesus and His friends leave the Temple in Jerusalem. They point to the cool buildings. Our Lord says, (paraphrased) “this stuff is all going down.” This disturbs His friends so they ask Him to tell them more.
Our Lord responds honestly with the nutshell version of Revelations.
He tells us what to expect.
What to do and
How to make our lives count.
Somewhat scary stuff (remain calm).
Lord Jesus begins by saying that before He returns there will be signs in nature, signs in the church, signs in the Middle East and signs in the heavens. They include false teachers, wars, rumors of wars and natural disasters.
For the last 2000 years we’ve seen wars, rumors of wars and natural disasters. Church history is filled with regression and reformation. This is business as usual on planet earth and in the Church.
Despite these alarming scriptures, Lord Jesus tells us to “See that we are not troubled”, as this is only the beginning. He tells us to “endure” and “see that we are not deceived”.
Much scarier stuff (remember to head-butt).
The next phase of our Lords prophecy changes. He tells those in Israel ‘when you see the abomination of desolation’; head for the hills, go off grid, don’t pack, just leave because this is going to be the worst time ever.
Revelations elaborates about the beast and the false prophet. Christian survivors will be those that live in the wilderness. In this time we see tribulation to the point that God intervenes to prevent human extinction.
At this point our Lord returns, meets His elect in the air (the rapture) and begins His 1000 year reign.
Mat. 24 v 14 however tells us that the end will not come until the gospel is preached to all nations. The Church is nowhere near that. In fact Christian mission work is declining.
Despite the fact that it’s not in scripture, Dispensationalists believe in two raptures. Rapture A to bail the elect out of the great tribulation and Rapture B for the rest of humanity.
Peppered within our Lords grim prophecy are seeds of hope and practical ways to manage. For instance, our Lord communicates that we should see that no one deceives us, endure, watch, prepare and do not become complacent.
We cannot do much about false teachers, but we can learn to identify false teachings.
Note that one third of our Lords prophesy is scary, however two thirds tells us what to do about the other one-third. He gives us fair warning and tells us what to do with our lives.
Your life purpose.
The rest of Mat 24 & 25 gives us our life purpose.
Note: this is a way to view these scriptures not the way .
Our Lord uses four parables to make His point; viz.
The good and evil housekeeper.
The wise and foolish virgins.
The parable of the talents.
The sheep and the goats.
Each parable shows two types of people that make two types of choices.
Some are aware of what is expected of them, some are not.
Each person is given an opportunity, responsibilities or gift.
Each is asked what they did with what they were given.
Each is held accountable for what they did.
The faithful and profitable are rewarded, the unfaithful are rejected.
Your life purpose is therefore to be faithful and profitable with what God has given you now.
What God has given you is what you have in your hands now. Your relationship with Him, your family, your responsibilities, your gifts, your role in His kingdom, society and economy.
So what are you busy with now? Chances are God wants you to be faithful with that, (not some future thing, the now thing). Be faithful and profitable and you will be fine.
Lord Jesus tells us that an apocalypse is ahead, we may or may not see it, regardless of this, He tells us to abide in Him, to be faithful and profitable and we will be OK.