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What is a Christian’s Purpose? | Part 1

A Right View of God

For us to know what our purpose is as Christians, we have to ask ourselves, what does it mean to have a right view of God? It would make logical sense for us to answer this question, if Christianity revolves around God, for us to know our purpose we should understand who he is, and what he has done.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5

When I was studying the four gospels I noticed one very interesting thing, and that had to do with the way each of them started. John is very unique in the fact that John the apostle is setting the very foundation for everything that he is about to say by declaring that Jesus is Lord. Matthew begins with lineage, Mark begins with prophecy, Luke begins with prophecy, but John, John begins with declaring Jesus as Lord, quite unique.

I believe he does this for a VERY important reason, and that is to set the foundation on which the book is written. John is most notably known for being the “Jesus” book, and for good reason, because if it does one thing… it is centered on Jesus.

It is essential for every Bible believing believer to have a correct view of God. 

I am not going to go through the entire story of Job, but I reference it a lot and if you are  unfamiliar with it I highly recommend that you dive into the book sometime soon. I will however give a brief overview.

In the book of Job we see a bet that is made between God and Satan, God points out his servant Job who is a righteous man, God has blessed Job tremendously with wealth, social status, servants, children, cattle, farms, land, and everything you could imagine! Satan looks at Job and tells God that Job only loves God because of the stuff that he has been given, if he didn’t have the stuff then he would curse God to his face.

So God GIVES SATAN permission to do anything that he pleases to Job, there is just one rule, Satan cannot kill Job. So Satan sets out on his quest to make Job curse God to his face, Satan takes his popularity away, his wealth away, he kills Jobs kids, and burns down his house. It is safe to say that this was Jobs worst season of his life.

Now the amazing this was, that of course God was correct in telling Satan that Job was not going to curse him to his face. However that does not mean that Job passed with flying colors, in fact Job failed in one major area. He lost his right view of God. You see during Jobs trial Satan gave him a disease that torments you 24/7, it causes you to burst out in boils and rashes causing immense amounts of pain that does not cease. In fact at one point Job is laying on the ground BEGGING God to smite him down to relieve him of this pain. Job begins to questions God’s actions based off of his own good works. Job began to say “I have not done anything wrong, I don’t deserve this.” When God heard Job say this, God had to make sure that Job did not lose a right view of God and so God confronts Job in chapters 38-40. Let us take a short look at this conversation.

Who is this who obscures my counsel

with ignorant words?

3 Get ready to answer me like a man;

when I question you, you will inform me.

4 Where were you when I established the earth?

Tell me, if you have[a] understanding.

5 Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know!

Who stretched a measuring line across it?

6 What supports its foundations?

Or who laid its cornerstone

7 while the morning stars sang together

and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8 Who enclosed the sea behind doors

when it burst from the womb,

9 when I made the clouds its garment

and total darkness its blanket,[b]

10 when I determined its boundaries[c]

and put its bars and doors in place,

11 when I declared: “You may come this far, but no farther;

your proud waves stop here”?

Job 38:1-11

And these are just the first 11 verses of a very LONG 2 chapters. Through these questions God is accomplishing two major things, 1) Re focussing Job’s sight on who God is, 2) Pushing Job’s obvious pride that had surfaced through his trial. I have separate posts explaining everything that happened and I encourage you to check those out for more detail! However what I want you to pull away from this snippet is how important it is to God, for us to have a right view of God. So important to God in fact that he is willing to put us to the test, if it will result in us having a clearer picture of who he is!

***TAKE AWAY… God cares about how we view him, and he loves us enough to refocus our sight when we have lost sight of Him.

To Wrap Up

Lets loop back to John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5

John has said it word for word for us, Jesus is God, all things were created by Him and through Him, He has existed for eternity, and will never cease to exist, He is everything and He holds all power. He commands the sea to stop and the sun to rise. He allows the birds to sing and the grass to grow.

John gives us the foundation for what it means and what it looks like to have a right view of God, and for us to understand our purpose as Christians on this earth, and for us to effectively carry out our purpose it is essential for us to have a right view of God.

In Christ

Victor Gancedo

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