A head hunter who hires corporate executives for other firms once shared:
When I get an executive that I’m trying to recruit for someone else, I like to disarm them. I offer a drink, take off my coat, undo my tie, throw my feet up and talk about sports, family, whatever, until they’re relaxed. Then when I think I’ve got them vulnerable, I lean over, look them square in the eye and ask, “What’s your purpose in life?” It’s amazing how top executives fall apart at that question.
Well, I was interviewing this fellow the other day, had him all disarmed, with my feet up on his desk, talking about football. Then I leaned up and said, “What’s your purpose in life?” Without blinking an eye, he said, “To go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.” For the first time, I was speechless.
Imagine placing yourself in that position. Someone is interviewing you for a potential job or you’re in a relaxed conversation with another who then asks, “What’s your purpose in life?” What would your answer be? Enjoy life and be happy? Launch my children into adulthood? Achieve as much as possible? Establish a comfortable retirement lifestyle? Make a contribution to society while I’m on earth?
Would your faith enter the conversation? Do you understand that as a Christian, your purpose in life is to prioritize Jesus Christ as the first and foremost foundation of your existence? After all, we hope to spend eternity with God and we ask Him to intervene in our every day with His care and goodness.
What moves us from being casual Christians to people passionately engaged with the Living God? When we are filled with Christ’s Spirit, the incredible relationship that God intends for us to enjoy with Him defines us. When we maintain an ongoing conversation with Jesus, His love and peace and kindness and gentleness and joy emanate from within us. Jesus said, “Whoever believes in Me, out of their inner being will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).
Our Christianity enters a deeper dimension when we become Spirit-driven followers of Jesus. Supernatural power is given to those who are fully conscious of the Spirit’s enabling. Rendering control to the Holy Spirit brings life to the lifeless. It is the Spirit of God that brings to bear all of His power and blessings to each person’s situation. Don’t underutilize your faith by compartmentalizing it into one facet of your life. Let Jesus impact everything: your marriage, family, career, friendships, retirement and your purpose in life.
Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis