Life’s Goal

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I love this greek word that I can’t pronounce. I love words that convey big pictures because I tend to be a big picture type of person. Three times, and only three times, is this word used in the New Testament and each time it’s a force that blows across the whole of life.

Here they are:

“and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you” (1 Thess 4:11)

“and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation” (Romans 15:20)

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” (2 Cor 5:9)

Perhaps these would make for a good epitaph.

“He aspired to live a quiet life, his ambition was to preach the gospel, and his aim was to please God.”

I will be satisfied if by the grace of God those longings are what drives my life.

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