In today’s fast-paced world, many people struggle to find meaning and purpose in their lives. They chase after success, wealth, and material possessions, only to realize that these things do not bring true fulfillment. In the book of Philippians 1:21-30 Apostle Paul offers a perspective on finding purpose in life. In this short reflection, let us explore and discover three key points that can help us find our true purpose.

1. To Live is Christ

Paul starts by saying, ‘For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain’ (Philippians 1:21). This powerful statement reminds us that our purpose in life is not about ourselves, but about living for Christ. When we surrender our lives to Him and make Him the center, we find true purpose and fulfillment. Our daily choices, actions, and relationships should reflect Christ’s love and character.

2. Striving for Gospel Advancement

Paul goes on to encourage the Philippians to strive for the advancement of the gospel (Philippians 1:27). Our purpose in life is not just about personal growth and success, but about spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. We are called to be His ambassadors, sharing His message of love, forgiveness, and salvation with others. When we actively engage in sharing the gospel, we experience a deeper sense of purpose and joy.

3. Enduring for the Sake of Others

Lastly, Paul reminds us that our purpose in life involves enduring hardships for the sake of others (Philippians 1:29-30). As followers of Christ, we are called to live sacrificially and selflessly, putting the needs of others above our own. When we persevere through trials and challenges, we not only grow in our own faith but also become a source of encouragement and inspiration for those around us.

Conclusion

Finding purpose in life is not about chasing after worldly success or personal achievements. True purpose is found in living for Christ, striving for gospel advancement, and enduring for the sake of others. As we align our lives with these principles from Philippians 1:21-30, we will experience a deep sense of fulfillment and joy that cannot be found anywhere else.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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