I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. 3 He will send from heaven and save me……
Purpose and salvation go hand in hand. Jesus didn’t only die for our justification, he also died and was raised for our redemption. We are made new and made for a purpose. We are not only rescued from something we are rescued to something.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Eph. 2:10
That’s right, God prepared beforehand what I’m supposed to be walking in (in this life) and died and was raised in order that I qualify. Without Christ I’m disqualified and incapable of living it out. With Christ I am qualified and given power to live it out. Listen to this paragraph I found in the Harvard Business Review. It truly echoes the cry of the human heart in our culture.
There is a well-known story about a cleaner at NASA who, when asked by JFK what his job was, responded “I’m helping to put a man on the moon.” This anecdote is often used to show how even the most mundane job can be seen as meaningful with the right mindset and under a good leadership.
Money may lure people into jobs, but purpose, meaning, and the prospect of interesting and valuable work determines both their tenure and how hard they will work while they are on the job.
Research consistently shows that people experiencing meaningful work report better health, wellbeing, teamwork and engagement; they bounce back faster from setbacks and are more likely to view mistakes as learning opportunities rather than failures. In other words, people at work are more likely to thrive and grow when they experience their job as meaningful. This is why businesses with a stronger and clearer sense of purpose tend to have better financial performance. Unsurprisingly, the most successful companies in the world are also the best places in the world to work.
Harvard Business Review
So what do we do if we care? We cry out to God who fulfills his purpose for us. We cry out to the master of beauty to make something beautiful of us. We take one step at a time toward the things he has for us. We are faithful in the small things He has given us and we step out in faith when He opens new doors. We become concerned with what He is doing in the world, and gracefully forget about our own little world. And so let it begin.