Calling. Purpose. Dreams. Fulfillment. These are words I hear again and again from students in our ministry. They long to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Students cry out for purpose and meaning in their lives. The funny thing is, parents do too! But by the time we are adults we have learned how to mask the longing as we hide behind our children, jobs or the pursuit of happiness.
A while ago I read this quote;
For a Christian, our greatest fear should not be of failure but at succeeding in life at things that don’t really matter.
As I read this quote I reflected back on my life. After overcoming the disappointment of not being in a boy band (yes – that was a serious dream of mine) and not ever getting to be a tuxedo-wearing spy (a less serious, but equally as fun dream of mine) I was able to truly pick apart what my heart was all about. My purpose and yours is simply to embrace what matters. This sounds simple enough, but what is it that truly matters?
In Acts 9:17-18 we see the very moment where Paul (formerly Saul) has regained his sight after his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Paul’s conversion was dramatic, immediate and sincere. This was the beginning of something very real for Paul. From here he went on to lead multiple missionary journeys, plant churches, disciple younger brothers in Christ and battle with a few Pharisees along the way. Paul wasn’t consumed with finding his passion; Jesus simply revealed it to him. Sometimes I think we need to be a little more oblivious like Saul (Paul) was. Time and again I see people so consumed to find their passion they miss Jesus himself. Passion and meaning have almost become an idol for some as they use Jesus to simply find their fulfillment in this life. Simply said, Jesus is what matters. He is our fulfillment and meaning. In Him we have forgiveness, hope and purpose.
Jesus is not simply a means to an end, he is the end. If we look closely at vs 17 again;
17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
For Paul, regaining his sight was the means to the end of making much of Jesus. Sight was the first step; being filled with the Holy Spirit was the second. I encourage you right now, where ever you may be as you read this, realign your sight with Jesus. Stop the pursuit of temporary happiness and embrace the eternal fulfillment of Jesus. Ask God to help you focus on what matters; Jesus Christ.