The disciples had it all wrong. They had witnessed Jesus’ miracles and heard the forth-telling of His mission on earth. Even after the resurrection, they imagined a conquering hero that would ride into Jerusalem on a white horse and overthrow the Roman rule. What they didn’t yet understand was that Christ’s purpose was to destroy the stranglehold of sin, death, and the devil. His purpose for the cross and resurrection was heavenly in nature, not earthly. But in His time, when Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit on them on the day of Pentecost, they discovered that Jesus’ heavenly purpose became theirs as well.
Jesus Christ, through that same Spirit, grants us the ability to perceive His work for us as heavenly in nature as well. Whether raising our children, working in a factory or an office building, or participating in church ministry, our purpose is not to create an earthly kingdom for Him or for us. Our purpose is to view the work He has called us to do in light of the cross and resurrection. It is acknowledging Him as the author, the perfecter, and the victor in all that we plan and carry out (Hebrews 12:2-3). And through Christ, we also will learn to view our lives of faith as the completion of His heavenly purpose here on earth.
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank You for enlarging my faith and for entrusting me with the work of reaching others for You. Amen