Purpose – 5/30

by Peter Whitelock

Categories: Past Events

I read recently that Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire co-founder of Facebook, was awarded an honorary degree by Harvard. He attended the university, but dropped out before graduating in order to develop the world’s largest social network. In an address to graduating students as he was awarded the degree, Zuckerberg encouraged the graduates to create a purposeful world:

“Purpose is that feeling that you are part of something bigger than yourself, that you are needed and that you have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.”

These are wise words, and so consistent with the core vision of the gospel. Instead of happiness, though, what we are promised is joy. Jesus offered a parable in Matthew’s gospel which illustrates this: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” In Christ, we are forgiven, and called to new lives in service of healing and redemption for all creation. History has meaning because we are called into God’s purpose, and a new life that stretches into eternity. Definitely something much bigger than ourselves, and every one of us is needed!

Grace and Peace,

Peter