As I get older and I take on new roles like becoming a grandpa, I am doing quite a bit of thinking of why I am here and what have I accomplished with the 50 years God has allowed me to live. I don't think this is mid life crisis, that happened for me about 13 years ago when I became a youth pastor. As I read the Bible I am convinced more and more that I am not center of the universe. If God were to call me home today, the world would continue to rotate, society would continue to function, Connect Church would find another pastor, my family and friends would find the strength to continue (maybe they would shed a tear or two) but life would continue. God loves me, God pursued and saved me, God knows my name, God knows the number of hairs on my head, but God's purpose for this world is bigger than me. His purpose for this world, for human history is the Church and not me. So, for me to find purpose and meaning in life, I must find it within His Church, not as an individual but as part of the whole. When I have this perspective on my existence then I can understand my small role in the bigger purpose of God redeeming humanity and creation. So, my primary reason for existence is to bring glory to God by being an active participant in His Church and advance His Kingdom and to get myself out the way.
"For just as ithe body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, jso it is with Christ. 13 For kin one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—lJews or Greeks, slaves or free—and mall were made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many." 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 ESV
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