On Purpose

On Purpose

For the most part, we don’t like to do things “on purpose”. That phrase usually means we intentionally did something wrong or were compelled by another person to do something we didn’t want to do. Even more disagreeable is the thought of having to get along with another person “on purpose”. Good relationships, we think, should be natural and spontaneous. Who wants a friendship that requires premeditated planning and effort to be successful? And it may be that kind of thinking which is one of the biggest obstacles Christians have with the church. It’s just such hard work getting along with other people who believe in Christ. 

The simple truth is relationships among Christians are for the most part “on purpose”. One of the great characteristics of following Jesus Christ is that it doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, how much money you have or what kind of job you work, Jesus is your Savior and Lord. Not only that, but there’s also no hierarchy or distinction made between believers – everyone is equal before Christ. The practical outcome is that the church is made up of a huge variety of people, with significant differences which create enormous practical difficulties in getting along. 

Yet, despite such challenges, Christians are told, “Get along! Love each other!” And the only reason for getting along in such “on purpose” relationships is: “Christ loves you, that’s reason enough to love other Christians, whether they are easy to get along with or not.” Such thinking is extremely unpopular today. It once again reminds believers that Jesus wasn’t concerned about being popular. His only goal was to do for us what only he could do and then tell us how his death and resurrection changes our lives. 

The whole idea of being kind and loving “on purpose” might leave you cold. But think about the possibilities of what your relationships might be like not only with other Christians but with anyone, if you treated them the way Christ treats you, regardless of how you feel? Demonstrating committed, supportive love on purpose may not be fashionable, but it is life changing, not only for us but for the people in our lives. Join us for our Sunday morning worship as we explore Jesus’ plan for us as a vital part of his church.       

Sunday Morning Worship – 10:00 am

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