There once was a wealthy man who provided financial assistance that changed the circumstances in a matter. The outcome was overwhelmingly noticeable. As this change took place, a woman asked him, “What’s your great purpose?” And others that were there turned, watched, and listened as she questioned the man. The woman found that although he had strong reasons, the heart of great purpose was missing from his choices. He had no spiritual motive that would forever connect him to the lives of others.

When we do anything in this life, we must understand as Christians where our strength and capabilities come from. In Jesus Christ, we live and move and have our being, and every good and perfect gift is from above. When we grasp this concept, we abide in His word and begin to understand our great purpose. We understand our hearts are fulfilled because we are passionate about our gifts. And we honor God as we make a difference in the lives of other people. Without the spirit of the great commission, our deeds are futile.

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” — Matthew 28:18-20

May our deeds speak of the gospel character and may we believe in our hearts as the scriptures have said, and out of our bellies flow rivers of living water. May all that we do make pathways and roads one must take to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. May they see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. Kingdom building builds upon the gospel character and our walk with God is indicative to our choice behavior.

When we have the attributes and substance to make a change financially or otherwise in the lives of others, may we lead with a heart of great purpose, not just a mental assent. You will not only become a part of making one’s livelihood better but a seed of hope for spiritual increase. Our ego and logistics aren’t incomparable but feed the flesh that is here today and gone tomorrow.

“But lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor dust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” — Matthew 6: 20-21

In all that you’re doing, do it with the heart of discipleship in Christ. Receive a reward of spiritual riches that leaves no man wanting but with great purpose. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you,” (1 Corinthians 9: 22-23).

There is no experience like having a receptive heart to God and walking in His precepts. It is priceless to be considered by another in word and in deed and as priceless to consider others as ourselves. The word of God says, “So shall my word that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the things whereunto I sent it,” (Isaiah 55:11). Therefore, may we stand on God’s word which reveals to us our great purpose in life. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.

Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and author of two books. Share your thoughts with Pamela at breathofapoet@yahoo.com.