The question, “What are you doing?” is usually very easy to answer. If you ask, “How are you doing it?” the answer will be a bit more complicated—the person will need to explain all about the processes and procedures and methodologies needed to do what they are doing.
But the most significant, the most important, question to ask is, “Why are you doing it?”
Why do we do what we do?
Why do we work? Why do we pray? Why do we sacrifice and give our finances instead of spending them all on ourselves? Why do we live?
If you look at different worldly philosophers throughout the ages, you will find they can never really answer this last question. But we can. We can look up, see Christ and remember He is our reason.
For me, nothing means anything in life except to know Jesus, and that automatically includes making His love known to others.
Philippians 1:12 is a very significant verse. The apostle Paul was in a very nasty situation, locked up in prison. And all the people who loved him were really sad he was gone. But in the midst of that he makes this interesting statement: “I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the Gospel.”
Paul, in the midst of all his hardship and trials and troubles, was so steadfast on this one thing: making the hope in Christ known and glorifying and obeying Him. Paul wanted to see people understand the Savior’s love, no matter what the cost was to him. Jesus was the reason for all Paul did.
As we enter this new year, I pray we will all remind ourselves of the reason for what we do. It is an immense privilege to belong to Him and to be His hands and feet to a hurting generation around us. I am thankful to be journeying with you as fellow pilgrims.