A Better Purpose
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him (John 3:17, New International Version).
Scripture: John 3:16-21
Song: “Bind Our Hearts with One Great Purpose”
Our meeting with the new store manager for W. T. Grant concerned all of us—especially me. I had been the first employee hired when Grants decided to build this newest store in Reedley, California—as a test case; we were an experiment.
Apprehension filled the room as Mr. Akins walked in. Business was slow, and our jobs were on the line. Did Grants plan to cut their losses, lay off half the employees, or simply close the store? None of us knew what to expect.
The new manager looked around the room, smiled, and then told us his plan. He had come to save our jobs and the company, but he needed our help, our sacrificial help. With a show of hands, we gladly pledged our support.
Jesus also came to save lives, not condemn them to a horrible fate. Salvation is God’s divine plan for the world, but He calls for our help in sharing the good news. When we work together as believers, we show others that God’s true purpose is salvation, not condemnation.
Most precious God, fill me with Your love that I might tell my friends why Jesus was sent into the world. In His name, amen.
“A Better Purpose” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2006 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.