The Bible says, “Where there is no vision the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18a KJV).
Jesus said, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about…My food is to do the will of” My Father “who sent Me” (John 4:32, 34).
Life is fueled by purpose.
When you are doing the things that you are most passionate about you may sleep well, but you are super charged and find energy you didn’t know you had. That is because Life is fueled by purpose.
I heard Dr. Gary Collins say in a presentation, one of the first things he does with a person who is depressed is give them an assignment to serve someone else. We were created to be outward focused. When we become inward focused we lose our sense of purpose. This often leads to isolation where we are not made to function.
Jesus lived on purpose. He said, “I have come to give you life,” “I have come to seek and save the lost,” I do what I see the Father doing, and “I seek not to please Myself but the One who sent Me.”
Jesus is not only the author and perfecter of our faith, but of the whole human experience. Watching how He navigated this life shows us how to live our lives as well.
We are not to live Jesus’ life but the life He would live if He were us (paraphrase of a comment made by the late Dallas Willard). In Galatians 2:20 Paul writes, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Let me share two of the habits Jesus incorporated in His life to keep Him focused on His purpose:
1st Habit – Show Compassion.
In Matthew 20, Jesus was walking along with a very large crowd swarming around him. Two blind men heard He was passing by and shouted out, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd tried to silence them, but Jesus had compassion on them and asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They wanted their sight. And Jesus gave it to them!
Empathy says, “I understand your pain.” Sympathy says, “I hurt with you.” Compassion says, “I join you in your pain and I will do something about it!”
Showing passion communicates several thing:
- You matter to God.
- You are loved.
- I am willing to help.
- You are not alone.
This simple idea of showing compassion has been called things like, “I am blessed to be a blessing,” “Pass it forward,” and “Alongsiders.” It doesn’t matter what you call it. When we show compassion to others we are following Jesus to please the Father because we He said He was sending us just like the Father had sent Him.
2nd Habit – Make Friends
We were created for a relationship with God and one another. One of the best ways to grow relationships is to eat together. Here are 7 Reasons to Eat Together:
- Eating together is relational. It is not a religious activity.
- Eating is something we all do every day.
- Eating together is an ice breaker for making new friends.
- Eating together regularly deepens existing relationships.
- Eating together is a natural place to talk about personal things.
- Eating together allows us to celebrate God’s provision and protection in our lives.
- Eating together regularly becomes inclusive.
Jesus was always eating with others. He went to a wedding feast. He ate with His disciples and debriefed life. He ate with new friends and met their friends. He was invited to the homes of several pharisees and ate with them and was able to challenge their thinking about God and the kingdom. And the early Christians ate together regularly praising God and they saw God add to their number daily (Acts 2:46-47).
A Simple Challenge
Let me encourage you to build these two habits into your life. The good news is you don’t have to add them to your already busy schedule. Just open your eyes to the opportunities that come along in your existing schedule.
You can show someone compassion through your work, in your neighborhood, or at the grocery story.
You can invite a co-worker to lunch, invite neighbors to eat with your family, or go out with new friends after church or before the ball game!
The key here is to watch what God is doing and join Him in it. I would love to hear what God did with these simple habits in your life. You can share your stories through the contact me section of this site.