What is Your Purpose?

I’ve been mulling over the message from last night’s Bible study at our church. We were asked to take out a piece of paper to write down the answer to 3 questions. Our instructions were to write out the answers quickly—put down the first thing to pop in our heads. We couldn’t deliberate or take too long answering, so it would be totally honest. Our answers wouldn’t be seen by anyone else. I’ll get to the questions in a minute . . .

We’d just listened to a condensed overview of Ezra and Nehemiah and the story may be very familiar, but it always challenges my heart. The main point we focused on last night was the deplorable condition of Jerusalem; how its city walls were completely destroyed, leaving the people in a vulnerable position. This was an actual historical event, but I’m afraid it could also serve as a sad metaphor of the Church’s condition today.

Then I said to them, “You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach.” (Neh. 2:17)

If we consider that walls around a city were meant to bring protection, and using that metaphor, what has the Church put into place to protect her from the enemy’s onslaught? Is there a fortification of truth? Are we built on solid theology? Are our walls filled with the strengthening effect of effective prayer lives? Are the “construction” elements pure and holy?

Or is the Church a reproach, a disgrace, something the world can easily mock?

How am I applying myself to rebuilding the walls?

I’m afraid, if we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that the Church isn’t making a godly impact on the culture. We are not causing the lost world to be amazed by our God. We don’t exhibit strength or a place of protection. The Church appears to be losing the battle on many fronts . . . so what am I doing to change that?

How am I applying myself to rebuilding the walls?

When Nehemiah heard about Jerusalem’s condition, he wept, fasted, prayed and moved out in faith to obey the work God put in his heart. He set about fulfilling his purpose in God’s plan.

Last night, we were asked to answer 3 questions quickly with the first thing that came to mind. I want to ask you these same questions:

1) What is your purpose?

2) What are you passionate about?

3) What is your wall?

What do you believe is the purpose for your existence? As believers, we all have the same general purpose—to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. But specifically, how did He create you to glorify Him?

What passions and gifts did he place within you to fulfill that purpose?

How are you using your gifts, time, and energy to fortify the walls, to build the Church?

How are you rebuilding the walls?


  • Debbie S

    Thanks, as always, for giving me important issues to ponder. I remember when I first heard the answer to “What is the chief end of man?” that I was amazed that we could “enjoy” God. Yes, He is to be feared, reverenced, and obeyed, but enjoyed? I couldn’t fathom that. Even after being a believer all my life I’m still trying to wrap my head around that. Yes, I know that the Lord is to be my first and best love but I do struggle with that.

    I think I’m looking at the broken down walls and getting too focused on the task of rebuilding instead of stepping back and letting my love for the Lord drive me with a passion to honor Him, serve Him, and enjoy His presence in every aspect of my life. The goal can’t be the work alone; the work must be a gift of love and devotion and expression of our love for the Lord.

  • Vivian Etherington

    I have a passion for the Truth; the Word of God, and for others to love Christ wholeheartedly! Specifically, I desire for my children to embrace Christ and The Truth of Scripture. I also have a desire for other women to do the same, embracing God’s calling on their lives and experiencing the deep joy that comes from walking with Christ intimately. God is beginning to open doors of opportunity for me to teach and pour into the lives of other women. Daily, I take opportunities with my children to impart The Truths of Scripture to them before we begin our school day.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    So true, Debbie, I love how you put that: “The goal can’t be the work alone; the work must be a gift of love and devotion and expression of our love for the Lord.”

    Great truth! It is always all about loving Him and through that loving others . . . when we’re doing that, we are rebuilding the walls 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Viv ~

    I am thankful you are intentional in how you are rebuilding the walls through pouring the truth of the Word into you family daily and also for walking through those doors of opportunity to teach outside your home. Glad you’re on the wall! That’s what I’ll be focusing on this week on the blog.