“...according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”
- Philippians 1:20
There has been much talk about purpose in the business world as well as the church. We have been taught to come up with purpose statements for our business, ministry and even our own lives. While there are some positive results to this practice, it could lead in the wrong direction. When we start with a purpose statement immediately it puts the emphasis on us. This takes place even if the purpose statement focus is humble. For example, we could have a purpose statement that says, “Humbly Accepting Gods Will.” If taken to the extreme this statement could cause us to be proud of our humility. This is impossible, of course. Attempting to move the Gospel forward, Christ should be the center and not ourselves.
In Philippians chapter one, Paul defines his purpose. His purpose statement would be unique compared to those we have worked with. He explains his imprisonment was positive. It was used to advance the message of the Gospel(vs. 12-13). In verse twenty, he explains the purpose of His body. Whether in life or death his body will be used to exalt Christ. His purpose statement would read, “I Exist to exalt Christ.” This statement could also be taken to the extreme. Yet, when you put it in context of Paul's situation, there is no selfishness or arrogance present. With all the persecution he faced he is not seeing a reason to complain or grumble. Instead, he is actually thanking God for using Him. What if this was our purpose in all we do? Regardless of how good or bad our life goes, we are thankful because He is being exalted through us.
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