If it were asked you, how would you answer the question, “What is your purpose in life?” Most of us should say that our purpose has been that for which we have pursued and sacrificed the most. Athletes training for the Olympics will put themselves through a tortuous schedule in order to be ready when the time comes to compete for the gold. If you have a purpose, you will order your life around reaching your goal. One way Scripture describes it is, “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also”, (Matt. 6:21) The question is then whether what you treasure is good or bad, and for the long term or short? If you have one treasure in a wife and children and another in a job that keeps you away from home weeks at a time, one or both will suffer. How many young people purpose to get married, and once they do, they don’t have a clue how to make their marriage prosper? Or they set their goals unrealistically, purposing toward something beyond their physical or mental capabilities. Some purpose to climb the ladder of success one rung at a time but end up somewhere they didn’t foresee.
We should remind ourselves how short-sighted it is to purpose and plan without including God and His purposes. “Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling… according to his own purpose”. (2 Tim. 1:9) His purposes produce the kind of treasure that can be stored up in heaven. (Matt. 6:20) “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”. (v.33) Are you purposing to be rich by the time you are thirty, or forty, and simultaneously ruining your health? Additionally, how will chasing your purpose effect your children, for they will bear the positive or negative of your pursuit? Let each one of us have a purpose that will leave us unashamed, whether we are standing before men in this life or standing before God in the next.