Jonathan Edwards gave me one of the greatest gifts imaginable in his book, The End for Which God Created the World. He made clear to me why this world exists. He helped me to understand why God made this world. This book grounded me so that I not only realized why God created the world but also why God created me. It helped me to understand why I exist.
It is a good thing to know (and remember!) why you exist. Without this knowledge life can be confusing, dark, troublesome, aimless, and empty. But if you truly understand why there is blood pumping through your veins and air going into your lungs; if you truly understand why you have tastebuds, hands, eyeballs, and a voice, then life takes on meaning, purpose, direction, and fullness.
At our church we have begun preaching through our mission statement, which explains why we exist. I am extremely grateful to God that my personal mission statement aligns with our church mission statement:
“Providence Church exists to glorify God, by treasuring Christ, loving people, and making disciples.”
This statement is loaded with meaning, so over the next few weeks I will write on the different concepts addressed in it. If you’d like to follow along as we preach through this mission statement at Providence, click here.