23 Sun Cross

The Purpose of Life

In my youth I began to seek God and search for the meaning of my life. I had many goals that involved personal accomplishment in this world. I began to pray and the Father revealed to me His will and His plan for my life. He showed me that my earthly achievements would soon pass away because they were done independently from Him. The Lord revealed to me that He has a higher and eternal purpose for my life. I decided over forty years ago to devote my life to two purposes: To know Him and to be a faithful servant to calling on my life.

Knowing God
The Father filled me with a consuming passion to know Him at any cost. The Lord gave Paul a similar passion and he decided to suffer the loss of all things because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ. Philippians 3:7-11. When the Father in His grace allowed me to experience the glory of His presence, I decided to leave everything else behind to gain Christ. I started a forth on a 42-year adventure to know the Creator of all things who inhabits eternity and dwells in approachable light. I love the journey. I love the mystery. Every day I wake up with the expectation of drawing closer to Him. “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8. Every day the Father reveals Himself to me in a new and glorious way. Every day I seek to walk with Him and He lifts me up to heavenly places. I must decrease so that He can increase. John 3:30. I pray that the passion of the Holy Spirit to know God will always burn in my heart. I ask to Father to burn away anything in me that is not of Him. I want him to remove everything in me that separates me from Him. If we lack a passion to know God then ask Him to fill your heart with His passion that comes from the Holy Spirit. Every one who asks will receive. God will give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking, seeking and knocking. Luke 11:5-11.

The Faithful Servant
Twenty-five years ago, the Father called me to full time ministry to the homeless and those in jails and nursing homes. He transformed my hard heart into the heart of Jesus that was full of love and compassion for those in need. I began my ministry by filling my mobile home with the homeless and then twenty-two years ago the Father called me into full time inter-city ministry. I left everything behind and followed Christ. I have devoted the rest of my life to serve others by the grace of God. I sought to be the wise and faithful servant to Christ. I long to please him and hear him say at the end of my life, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21. I have always been amazed that my life could please God. I have known the joy of my master as I became a vessel through which He poured out His love to others. The Father has used me to lead many to Christ on the streets, discipleship programs, missions, nursing homes and jails. I have privileged to witness the Father do many miracles in the past twenty-two years. There have been trials and sacrifices, but as Paul wrote in Acts: “I count my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24. I do not count my personal life to be of value. The purpose of my life is to obey Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to work through me according to the will of the Father. I seek only to please Him with my life and finish the race set before me. 2 Timothy 4:6-8. I continue to do this ministry with the “energy that he mightily inspires within me”. Colossians 1:28,29. My body is filled with stage four cancer but every day He raises me up and I walk in the resurrection power of Christ to fulfill His ministry. By the grace of God I will continue to be a vessel through which the Father pours out His love until the day He calls me home.

Peter Schuler
Christian Author

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