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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“The life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us.”—1 John 1:2 (NKJV)
One of the most primary needs of the human soul is a sense of purpose. Without even realizing it, people are instinctively drawn to the promise of an objective for their lives. There’s a reason books, courses, shows, and various other forms of meaning-based media are continually consumed. We all want to have a purpose that justifies and guides our existence.
John knew his purpose. He opens his first epistle by identifying it for us as he tells us that he—along with the others who had witnessed Jesus’ life first-hand—lives for the purpose of declaring Christ to the world.
As far as John was concerned, there was nothing else in this life more important, more needful, or more worthy than this endeavor. Every ounce of effort and energy was bent towards the witness of who Christ was and what He had done. His existence was devoted to truthfully testifying about another’s life, even when it came to the details of His death; which he faithfully did as he recorded what he witnessed at the cross: “And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe” (John 19:35 NKJV).
This should hit our hearts in a couple of ways. First, it should assure us that what we have by way of John’s witness is absolutely sure and true. We haven’t been given the witness of someone who was “one foot in” with Jesus. He was fully present with Christ, and his primary purpose in life was to share these truths! Nothing would be left to chance or error; John’s total commitment translates into our total confidence.
Secondly, John’s purpose should also motivate us, because his purpose is actually our purpose, as well. Every Christian is called to the world’s witness stand to share our experience concerning Christ (Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 1:8). We may not have the same first-hand account of Jesus that John did, but if we’ve seen Jesus with the eyes of faith (John 20:29) and have known what it means for Him to live in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17), then we have something to say to a world that needs to hear it!
DIG: What two effects should John’s purpose have on us?
DISCOVER: How are you fulfilling your purpose as a witness for Christ to this world?
DISPLAY: Write down John’s purpose–our purpose—and display it somewhere for you to see; somewhere you will look often. Let it serve as a daily reminder of what God has called us to do and be!
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.