Scripture: John 17: 1-8
Key verse: (3) 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Reflection: What is your purpose in life? I think every young person wonders if God has a purpose for them, specifically. At some point, when they deal with some kind of pain, trauma or emotional crisis, I think the question changes to what is the purpose of life?
John Calvin wrote a catechism in 1541 to instruct children to better understand the Christian faith. The first question was, “What is the chief end of human life?”. This gets to the purpose of life. In response, there was a three-word answer, “To know God.”.
We are trying to make it harder than it is! Our purpose in life, know God. The purpose in life, know God. Lent is an invitation for us to be intentional about getting rid of all the stuff that gets in the way of this purpose. Lent invites us into the practices that help us know God, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom God sent.
If you have given up something that gets in the way of you knowing God, keep focused. If you have taken something on so that you might know God better, stay focused. If you didn’t even know it was the season of Lent … it is not too late. Accept the invitation.
Prayer: God, help us know you. In knowing you, may we love you and serve you. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].